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Table of Contents
National .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
India-Africa Forum Summit ......................................................................................................................................................... 10
Visit of President to Israel ........................................................................................................................................................... 12
Report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan submitted to PM .................................................... 13
President Visit to Palestine ......................................................................................................................................................... 15
Visit of External Affairs Minister to Maldives ............................................................................................................................. 16
Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity-Survey of States .............................................................................................. 17
President Pranab Mukherjee visit to Jordan .............................................................................................................................. 18
German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel India visit .......................................................................................................... 19
International................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Joint Declaration of the Heads of the Migration Authorities of the BRICS countries ................................................................ 21
Forbes Asia’s new list of Philanthropists .................................................................................................................................... 22
Nepal Declared as Secular democratic country .......................................................................................................................... 23
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement ................................................................................................................................ 24
Economics ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
World Economic Outlook-2015 .................................................................................................................................................. 25
Doing Business Index-2016 ......................................................................................................................................................... 26
Defense/Science ............................................................................................................................................................................. 27
Ministry of Defence Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots ....................................................................................... 27
Hidden Himalayas: Asia's Wonderland ....................................................................................................................................... 28
An indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel ‘INS Astradharini' joined Indian Navy ......................................... 29
Evidence of Liquid Water Flow on Mars ..................................................................................................................................... 30
Sports:............................................................................................................................................................................................. 31
Tennis ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 31
Vietnam Open Tennis 2015 ........................................................................................................................................................ 31
Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships -2015 .................................................................................................................... 32
China Open ................................................................................................................................................................................. 33
Malaysian Open 2015 ................................................................................................................................................................. 34
Wuhan Open 2015 ...................................................................................................................................................................... 35
Hockey ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 36
India and New Zealand hockey Test series -2015 ....................................................................................................................... 36
The Sultan of Johor Cup-2015..................................................................................................................................................... 37
7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup ..................................................................................................................................................... 38
Chess ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 39
World Chess Championship for Disabled-2015 .......................................................................................................................... 39
Chess World Cup -2015............................................................................................................................................................... 40
Badminton ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Yonex Denmark Open 2015 ........................................................................................................................................................ 41
Dutch Open Grand Prix ............................................................................................................................................................... 42
FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open 2015 ..................................................................................................................................... 43
Golf ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 44
President’s Cup 2015 .................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Hero Women's Indian Open-2015 .............................................................................................................................................. 45
Formula One ................................................................................................................................................................................... 46
Russian Grand Prix-2015 ............................................................................................................................................................. 46
United States Grand Prix-2015 ................................................................................................................................................... 47
Sports Miscellaneous ..................................................................................................................................................................... 48
Archery World Cup Final-2015.................................................................................................................................................... 48
17th International Frederic Chopin Piano competition .............................................................................................................. 49
IPL new sponsor .......................................................................................................................................................................... 50
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup 2015 ................................................................................................................................. 51
11th Hero MTB Himalaya 2015 ................................................................................................................................................... 52
FIBA Asia Championship 2015 .................................................................................................................................................... 53
Asian Rowing Championship....................................................................................................................................................... 54
Personalities ................................................................................................................................................................................... 55
Ahmed Adeeb ............................................................................................................................................................................. 55
Pakistan appoints new National Security Advisor ...................................................................................................................... 56
Obama Declared new envoy against IS....................................................................................................................................... 57
First female President of Nepal .................................................................................................................................................. 58
Jimmy Morales ............................................................................................................................................................................ 59
Pijush Ganguly passes away........................................................................................................................................................ 60
Maureen O’Hara ......................................................................................................................................................................... 61
The new chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs ................................................................................................ 62
Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei - the new Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court .............................................................................. 63
Manorama .................................................................................................................................................................................. 64
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli .......................................................................................................................................................... 65
Sherif Ismail ................................................................................................................................................................................ 66
Hoesung Lee................................................................................................................................................................................ 67
E. Sreedharan .............................................................................................................................................................................. 68
Ravindra Jain ............................................................................................................................................................................... 69
Sekhar Basu................................................................................................................................................................................. 70
Arvind Panagariya ....................................................................................................................................................................... 71
Dr. Syed Ahmad .......................................................................................................................................................................... 72
John Guillermin (1925–2015) ..................................................................................................................................................... 73
Sports Personalities........................................................................................................................................................................ 74
AB de Villiers ............................................................................................................................................................................... 74
Bhaichung Bhutia ........................................................................................................................................................................ 75
Vijay Kumar Malhotra ................................................................................................................................................................. 75
Virender Sehwag ......................................................................................................................................................................... 76
Shashank Manohar ..................................................................................................................................................................... 77
Places .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 78
Walong ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 78
DRDO’s Missile Complex named after Abdul Kalam ................................................................................................................... 79
First State to Firm up Private Investments in Affordable Housing ............................................................................................. 80
Chang La ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 81
Awards & Honours ......................................................................................................................................................................... 82
Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award .................................................................................................................................. 82
Confucius Peace Prize- 2015 ....................................................................................................................................................... 83
Man Booker Prize-2015 .............................................................................................................................................................. 84
Justin Trudeau............................................................................................................................................................................. 85
Kartik Chandran .......................................................................................................................................................................... 86
Onsari Gharti Magar ................................................................................................................................................................... 87
Nobel Prize-2015......................................................................................................................................................................... 88
Forbes India Leadership Awards- 2015....................................................................................................................................... 90
Right Livelihood Award 2015 ...................................................................................................................................................... 91
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize-2015 ......................................................................................................................................... 92
Pride of Britain Awards 2015 ...................................................................................................................................................... 93
Operation & Campaign .................................................................................................................................................................. 94
Exercise Malabar –2015 .............................................................................................................................................................. 94
Operation Vatsalya ..................................................................................................................................................................... 95
Indo-China Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2015 .............................................................................................................. 96
26th 'Coordinated Patrol' (CORPAT) Bilateral Maritime Exercise .............................................................................................. 97
Mitra Shakti................................................................................................................................................................................. 98
INS Trikand Visits Istanbul, Turkey.............................................................................................................................................. 99
Commission & Committee ........................................................................................................................................................... 100
Expert committee constituted to revisit IAS exam pattern ...................................................................................................... 100
National Institutional Ranking Framework launched ............................................................................................................... 101
Planning & Project........................................................................................................................................................................ 102
e-Sahyog and PAN camps ......................................................................................................................................................... 102
Green India Mission Plans of Four States Approved ................................................................................................................ 103
‘Swadhar Greh’ scheme ............................................................................................................................................................ 104
The Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand name NXT DIGITAL ....................................................................... 105
Setting up of India Sign Language Research and Training Centre ............................................................................................ 106
M-Sehat Project Launched........................................................................................................................................................ 107
Union Cabinet approved the construction of a National War Memorial and a National War Museum .................................. 108
Green Highways Policy- 2015 ................................................................................................................................................... 109
Setting up of new AllMS under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna ............................................................................. 110
KISAN Project and Hailstorm App launched ............................................................................................................................. 111
NOC Online Application Portal for the National Monument Authority launched .................................................................... 112
Treaty & Agreement..................................................................................................................................................................... 113
RBI signs MoU on “Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information” ...................................................... 113
Union Cabinet approved treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters .................................................................... 114
Union Cabinet approved Agreement on Maritime Transport .................................................................................................. 114
RBI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information . 115
Gas Cooperation Agreement Signed......................................................................................................................................... 116
Union Cabinet gives nod to MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Mozambique ....................................................... 117
Conference ................................................................................................................................................................................... 118
4th International Tourism Mart ................................................................................................................................................ 118
14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference ....................................................................................................................... 119
Bhagavad Gita Conference ....................................................................................................................................................... 120
Associations & Organizations ...................................................................................................................................................... 121
Infosys Acquired Noah Consulting ............................................................................................................................................ 121
Acquisition of Goldman Sachs .................................................................................................................................................. 122
Larsen & Tourbo honored ......................................................................................................................................................... 123
Law & Justice ................................................................................................................................................................................ 124
No copyright exists on title of literary work: Supreme Court ................................................................................................... 124
Year, Day & Week ........................................................................................................................................................................ 125
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day ........................................................................................................ 125
World Polio Day ........................................................................................................................................................................ 126
World Statistics Day .................................................................................................................................................................. 126
International Day of Rural Women ........................................................................................................................................... 127
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty ..................................................................................................................... 127
World Food Day ........................................................................................................................................................................ 128
International Day for Disaster Reduction ................................................................................................................................. 128
World Mental Health Day ......................................................................................................................................................... 129
International Day of the Girl Child ............................................................................................................................................ 129
World Post Day ......................................................................................................................................................................... 130
Air Force Day ............................................................................................................................................................................. 130
World Habitat Day .................................................................................................................................................................... 131
World Teacher's Day ................................................................................................................................................................. 131
International Day of Older Persons .......................................................................................................................................... 132
The International Day of Non-Violence .................................................................................................................................... 132
Miscellaneous ............................................................................................................................................................................... 133
First-ever Hindi Atlas book on Mars Mission released ............................................................................................................. 133
Madhya Pradesh Government declared 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs .......................................... 134
India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve ................................................................................................................................. 135
First Safety & Health Exhibition Center on Asbestos & Silica ................................................................................................... 136
India top foreign investment destination ................................................................................................................................. 137
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Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei -the new Chief Justice of Gauhati
High Court
Infosys Acquired Noah Consulting
India-Africa Forum Summit
The new chairman of the Central Board of Excise and
Customs
Madhya Pradesh Government declared 33 percent
reservation for women in government jobs
First female President of Nepal
SLINEX
e-Sahyog and PAN camps
Doing Business Index-2016
First-ever Hindi Atlas book on Mars Mission released
RBI signs MoU on “Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of
Supervisory Information”
Jimmy Morales
Hero Women’s Indian Open-2015
Pijush Ganguly passed away
United States Grand Prix-2015
Archery World Cup Final-2015
Ahmed Adeeb
Ministry of Defence Approves Induction of Women as Fighter
Pilots
Maureen O’Hara
World Chess Championship for Disabled-2015
World Polio Day
Obama Declared new envoy against IS
17th International Frederic Chopin Piano competition
Walong
Confucius Peace Prize- 2015
No copyright exists on title of literary work: Supreme Court
Pakistan appoints new National Security Advisor
Indo-China Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2015
Union Cabinet approved treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in
criminal matters
26th ‘Coordinated Patrol’ (CORPAT) Bilateral Maritime
Exercise
Union Cabinet approved Agreement on Maritime Transport
IPL new sponsor
Acquisition of Goldman Sachs
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day
Virender Sehwag
AB de Villiers
World Statistics Day
Exercise Malabar –2015
Vijay Kumar Malhotra
RBI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on
Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory
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Yonex Denmark Open 2015
Vietnam Open Tennis 2015
‘Swadhar Greh’ scheme
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Onsari Gharti Magar
4th International Tourism Mart
World Food Day
Gas Cooperation Agreement Signed
Visit of President to Israel
International Day of Rural Women
DRDO’s Missile Complex named after Abdul Kalam
Report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh
Bharat Abhiyaan submitted to PM
Union Cabinet gives nod to MOU (Memorandum of
Understanding) with Mozambique
M-Sehat Project Launched
First State to Firm up Private Investments in Affordable
Housing
President Visit to Palestine
International Day for Disaster Reduction
Russian Grand Prix-2015
President Pranab Mukherjee visit to Jordan
India and New Zealand hockey Test series -2015
China Open
Dutch Open Grand Prix
President’s Cup 2015
Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships -2015
Visit of External Affairs Minister to Maldives
Manorama
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
International Day of the Girl Child
World Mental Health Day
Sekhar Basu
Green India Mission Plans of Four States Approved
World Post Day
Ravindra Jain
Air Force Day
India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve
Joint Declaration of the Heads of the Migration Authorities of
the BRICS countries
First Safety & Health Exhibition Center on Asbestos & Silica
Setting up of new AllMS under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya
Suraksha Yojna
Union Cabinet approved the construction of a National War
Memorial and a National War Museum
Hoesung Lee
German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel India visit
An indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel
‘INS Astradharini’ joined Indian Navy
Chess World Cup -2015
Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland
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Malaysian Open 2015
INS Trikand Visits Istanbul, Turkey
Wuhan Open 2015
FIBA Asia Championship 2015
Chang La
The International Day of Non-Violence
Right Livelihood Award 2015
Larsen & Tourbo honored
International Day of Older Persons
Forbes India Leadership Awards- 2015
India top foreign investment destination
Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity-Survey of
States
NOC Online Application Portal for the National Monument
Authority launched
Green Highways Policy- 2015
National Institutional Ranking Framework launched
MITRA SHAKTI
Asian Rowing Championship
Pride of Britain Awards 2015
Evidence of Liquid Water Flow on Mars
Kartik Chandran
Dr. Syed Ahmad
John Guillermin
Expert committee constituted to revisit IAS exam pattern
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize-2015
FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open 2015
Bhagavad Gita Conference
Arvind Panagariya
Setting up of India Sign Language Research and Training
Centre
Nepal Declared as Secular democratic country
Sherif Ismail
The Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand
name NXT DIGITAL
7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup
FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup 2015
Forbes Asia’s new list of Philanthropists
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India-Africa Forum Summit
Question: Where did Third India-Africa forum summit held recently?
a. Ahmedabad
b. Jaipur
c. New Delhi
d. Jodhpur
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) 2015 was held for four days
between 26 October and 29 October 2015 at Indira Gandhi
Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
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The motto of the summit was “Reinvigorated partnership-Shared Vision”.
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The India-Africa forum summit (IAFS) provides an official platform for the African-Indian relations and
opportunity to forge a constructive and deeper alliance.
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It was organized by the African Union (AU) and the Government of India jointly.
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The first summit was held in 2008 in New Delhi and second summit was held at Addis Ababa, capital city of
Ethiopia.
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On October 26, 2015 the start of the summit took place through official level discussions.
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The summit saw the participation from 54 African countries and the African Union leaders and delegates.
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On October 29, 2015 the Prime Minister of India addressed the Africa Forum Summit.
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On this occasion prime minister announced 10 billion US dollars of credit at concessional rate.
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He also announced a grant assistance of 600 million US dollars.
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It includes an India-Africa Development Fund of 100 million US Dollars and an India-Africa Health Fund of 10
million US dollars.
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He announced to provide scholarships to 50,000 African students and the expansion of the e-network in Africa
and also to provide support for increasing the efficiency of the people of the country.
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On the sidelines of the India-Africa Forum Summit Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with African leaders.
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During this summit prime minister meet the president of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe and Chairperson of
African Union, Mr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
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They exchanged views on matters of common interest, including UN reform and the threat of terrorism.
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The Prime Minister talked about the bilateral relations between India and Zimbabwe.
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Mr. Robert Mugabe was the vice chairman of this summit.
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Moreover, the Prime Minister met South African President Jacob Zuma, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni,
Kenyan President Uhuru Kentyatta and also met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
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This is to be noted that political brotherhood and unity among India and Africa exists since several decades ago
of 20th century.
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Logo of Third IAFS depicts a Lion with one half of an Indian lion and another half of African lion.
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In the background of logo, an African map is overlapped with Indian map as a reference to ancient
Gondwanaland depicting Indian subcontinent was part of today’s Africa’s continental landmass.
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Officially the logo means “Proud, Courageous, Bold and on the Prowl, ready to take on the future and seize
every opportunity”.
Reference:
http://pmindia.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/p2015102903.pdf
http://pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/india-africa-framework-for-strategic-cooperation/?comment=disable
http://www.mea.gov.in/mediabriefings.htm?dtl/25984/Transcript_of_Media_Briefing_on_3rd_IndiaAfrica_Forum_Summit_October_16_2015
Visit of President to Israel
Question: Recently President of India had state visit to Israel, who is
the president of Israel?
a. Benjamin Netanyahu
b. Reuven Rivlin
c. Daniel Carmon
d. Eliezer Mizrahi
Ans (b)
Related Facts:
 The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee have completed first
State visit to Israel from October 13-15, 2015 at the invitation of
Mr. Reuven Rivlin, President of State of Israel.
 India formally recognized Israel on September 17, 1950 and established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992.
 The two countries are engaged in a range of issues of bilateral interest including cooperation in agriculture,
science & technology, education, etc.
 In 2013, India was Israel's 10th largest partner in Asia and Israel is the third largest trading partner after China
and Hong Kong.
 India imports key defense technologies from Israel.
 Pranab Mukherjee became first Indian President to address Israel's Parliament 'Knesset'.
 During the visit, the Hon’ble President had meetings and interactions with the President Rivlin and Prime
Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.
 Then two sides signed a number of MoUs in the fields of Culture, Education, and Science and Technology.
 He was awarded with Honorary Doctorate by Herbew University of Jerusalem.
 Total 10 Agreements/MoUs were signed during the visit of President to Israel. These are;
 Protocol amending the Convention and the Protocol between the Republic of India and the State of Israel for
the Avoidance of Double Taxation and for the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and
on capital.
 Cultural Exchange Programme between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the
State of Israel for the years 2015-2018.
 MOU between Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
 Agreement of Cooperation between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Indian Institute of Technology,
Kharagpur.
 MOU for Institutional Collaboration between Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKGP) and Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev, (BGU).
 MOU between Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
 Framework for Academic Collaboration between the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur, India
and the University of Haifa Haifa, Israel.
 MOU between the University of Delhi, Delhi, India and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (BGU), Beer Sheva,
Israel.
 Agreement of Cooperation between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and the University of Delhi,
India.
 MOU between the University of Delhi, India and Harzilya Israel.
Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/outgoing-visit-info-hi.htm?2/810/State+Visit+of+President+to+Israel+October+1315+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/Portal/ForeignRelation/Israel-Dec_2014_hindi.pdf
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detail-hi.htm?25889/Visit+of+President+to+Israel+October+1315+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detailhi.htm?25937/List+of+AgreementsMoUs+signed+during+the+visit+of+President+to+Israel
Report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
submitted to PM
Question: Recently the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers submitted a report on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan to PM,
chaired bya. Manohar Lal Khattar
b. Chandrababu Naidu
c. Harish Rawat
d. Prakash Singh Badal
Ans (b)
Related facts:
 On October 14, 2015 under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, Clean
India campaign chief minister's sub-group of NITI AAYOG submitted report to the Prime Minister.
 The Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was constituted on March 24, 2015.
 Decision for Sub-Group formation taken in the first Governing Council Meeting of the NITI Aayog held on
February 8, 2015.
 The Sub-Group consisted of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra,
Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal as Members with Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh as the
Convener of the Sub-Group.
 The Sub-Group met four times at New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bengaluru where intense deliberations on the
subject were held.
The main recommendations of the report:
 Including sanitation and cleanliness in school curriculum and formation of a team of students to be called as
‘Swachhta Senani’ in schools and colleges have been proposed to spread awareness about sanitation and
cleanliness.
 To provide guidance, support and monitoring of the Programme, the report recommends setting up of a
dedicated Mission for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, both at National and State Level.
 A National Technical Board has been recommended to handhold the States and Local Bodies in identification,
evaluation, selection and procurement of technologies.
 It has been recommended to reduce the subsidy on chemical fertilizer and increase the subsidy on compost to
encourage its use.
 In order to improve the viability of waste management activities, the report proposes provision of tax
exemptions by the Centre and the State Government to the private sector.
 The report recommends certain measures to attract private sector participation and Public Private Partnership
(PPP).
 It has been recommended that waste to energy plants may be set up on PPP mode in bigger municipalities and
cluster of municipalities, whereas, composting method may be adopted for smaller towns and villages.
 Given the scale and importance of the Programme, it has been suggested that the sharing pattern of funds for
this Programme between Centre and States may be in the ratio of 75:25, while for hilly States it may be kept at
90:10.
 To raise resources for the Programme, Swachh Bharat bonds may be issued and a Swachh Bharat cess may be
levied by the Central Government on petrol, diesel, and telecom services.

To raise funds also on accumulated waste produced by plants generating mineral waste like coal, aluminum,
and iron ore.
 Incentive measures have been proposed such as Swachh Bharat Grading/Rating for all Gram Panchayats,
Municipalities, Blocks, Districts and States.

It has been recommended that one day in each month and one week each year (culminating with 2nd October)
may be assigned for the activities of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and to reward best performing Gram
Panchayat, Block, ULB, District and State as per the ratings.
 The report proposes to enhance the assistance for construction of one unit of individual household toilet in both
urban and rural areas to Rs. 15,000/- .
 The report recommends integration of rag pickers into the waste management system so that their livelihood is
not adversely affected.
 Both Centre and States should make efforts towards eradication of manual scavenging activity through strict
enforcement of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128724
President Visit to Palestine
Ques: The President Pranab Mukherjee was on a state visit to Palestine. The president of Palestine isa. Riyad Malki
c. Mahmoud Abbas
b. Rami Hamdallah
d. Syed Vikaruddin
Ans: c
Related facts:

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will pay the first ever
State visit to Palestine from October 12-13, 2015 at the invitation of
Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of State of Palestine.

India was recognized the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974.

India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988.

There have been regular bilateral visits between India and Palestine.

President Mahmoud Abbas visited India in the years 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

India’s aid, two projects were completed in the field of higher education i.e.
I.
Jawaharlal Nehru Library at the Al Azhar University in Gaza city.
II.
Mahatma Gandhi Library-cum-Student Activity Centre at the Palestine Technical College at Deir Al Balah in
the Gaza Strip.

India is providing development and budgetary assistance with bilateral and multilateral assistance.

During the visit, the Hon’ble President held meetings and interactions with Palestinian President Abbas, Prime
Minister Mr. Rami Hamdallah, and the leaders of major political parties in Palestine.

October 13, 2015 Al-Quds University conferred Honorary Doctorate to President Pranab Mukherjee at a
ceremony held in Ramallah.

He inaugurated a secondary school named after first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visitdetail.htm?25928/Acceptance+Speech+by+the+President+at+the+conferment+of+Honorary+Doctorate+by+AlQuds+university
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visitdetail.htm?25922/Transcript+of+Media+Briefing+by+Secretary+East+in+Ramallah+on+Presidents+Ongoing+Visit+to+Palestine
+October+12+2015
Visit of External Affairs Minister to Maldives
Question: 5th India-Maldives Joint Commission meeting was held ata. Male
c. Ahmadabad
b. New Delhi
d. Mumbai
Ans : (a)
Related Facts:
 External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj visited Maldives
on October 10-11, 2015.
 She co-chaired the 5th Meeting of the India-Maldives Joint Commission.
 The Joint Commission was set up under the 1986 Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation and first
met in Male in 1990.
 During her visit Foreign Minister met President of the Republic of Maldives Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
 President Yameen and external affairs minister exchanged views on a qualitative enhancement in the
multifaceted relationship between India and Maldives and in addressing the common challenges in the Indian
Ocean Region.
 President Yameen conveyed that Maldives would hold an Investment Forum in India in 2016, which is also the
'Visit Maldives' year. He reiterated Maldives' policy of 'India First'.
 These discussions held special significance not only because the Joint Commission was meeting after a gap of 15
years but also because the meeting took place in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic ties between India and Maldives.
 The defence and security relationship was part of the forward looking discussions in the Joint Commission for
the first time.
 India-Maldives defence cooperation includes, inter-alia, the construction of a Composite Training Centre for the
Maldivian National Defence Forces, joint patrolling, and training Programme s for MNDF officers in India,
medical camps, joint exercises.

Both sides agreed on cooperation in the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies.
 The Joint Commission welcomed the signing of the MoU between the Foreign Service Institutes of India and
Maldives and the MoU on Youth Affairs and Sports on the sidelines of the Joint Commission.
 The Maldivian side welcomed the joint initiative to establish an e-Library for Maldivian schools and the Indian
initiative to establish a Hindi language Chair at the Maldives National University.
 The next meeting of the India-Maldives Joint Commission would be in 2017 in India.
Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/outgoing-visit-info.htm?2/814/Visit+of+External+Affairs+Minister+to+Maldives+October+1011+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detail.htm?25911/Visit+of+External+Affairs+Minister+to+Maldives
Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity-Survey of States
Ques: Think about the following statements:
(1) About 95% of rural households do not use LPG for cooking
(2) Only 14% rural household’s use clean energy as the primary
fuel for cooking.
(3) Almost 78% of rural population is use traditional biomass for
cooking.
Select the correct answer from the following options:
a. 1, 2 & 3
b. 1 & 3
c. 2 & 3
d. 1 & 2
Ans: a
Related facts:

September 29, 2015 Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy,
launched ‘Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity- Survey of States Report’.

It is important to know that this survey is independent study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water
(CEEW), in collaboration with Columbia University.

This is India's largest energy access survey, covering more than 8500 households, 714 villages and 51 districts
across Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Almost 78% of rural population is use traditional biomass for cooking.

Only 14% rural household’s use clean energy as the primary fuel for cooking.

About 95% of rural households do not use LPG for cooking.

It is notable that 44% of the population in these 6 states is dependent on biomass available for free.
Reference:
http://ceew.in/newsDetails.php?id=340
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128313
http://scroll.in/article/759215/india-has-electrified-96-villages-but-is-still-far-from-taking-power-to-all-homes
President Pranab Mukherjee visit to Jordan
Question: Recently President Pranab Mukherjee had visited Jordan. Earlier, which president had visited this
country?
a. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
b. Giani Zail Singh
c. V.V Giri
d. None
Ans: (d)
Related facts:

President visited Jordan between 10 October and 12 October
2015 on the invitation of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

It is to be noted that it is the first visit of a President of India to Jordan for the establishment of diplomatic
relations between the two countries in past 65 years.

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Jordon in year 1988.

On behalf of Jordon King Abdullah and Queen Rania visited India in 2006.

The President's delegation includes Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, academic
community , six members of Parliament, including KP Thomas of Congress, Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP and Anupam
Hazra of Trinamool Congress and media representatives.

On October 11, 2015 university of Jordon awarded President Pranab Mukherjee with an honorary doctorate in
Political Science for his service to Indian people and Humanity.

India and Jordan have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in various fields. These MoUs were signed
in presence of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in Amman.(
The capital of Jordan)

The agreements signed are:

MoU on executive Programme for cultural exchange between the Jordanian and Indian governments.

MoU on Communication and Information Technology to cooperate in the field of ICT and electronics fields.

MoU between Jordan News Agency Petra and the Press Trust of India (PTI).

MoU on Maritime Transport Sector.

MoU between Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and Indian Foreign Service Institute (IFSI).

MoU between Indian Metrological Department (IMD) and Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization to
cooperate in assessment techniques.

President Pranab Mukherjee also inaugurated a street named after Mahatma Gandhi in Amman and planted an
Olive tree in peace park.
 Jordan has fully assured support to India’s candidature in the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Both countries also assured to enhance their cooperation in counter-terrorism and defense
 President Mukherjee also extended an invitation to the King of Jordan to visit India along with Queen, which has
been accepted.
Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detailhi.htm?25909/Address+by+the+President+to+Indian+Community+and+Friends+of+India+in+Amman+October+10+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detail-hi.htm?25890/Visit+of+President+to+Jordan+October+1012+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/outoging-visit-detailhi.htm?25915/List+of+AgreementsMoUs+signed+during+the+visit+of+President+to+Jordan
German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel India visit
Ques: German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel was on India visit recently. How many number of
agreement/MoU signed between both countries?
a. 17
b. 20
c. 18
d. 15
Ans: c
Related facts:
 October 4-6, 2015 German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela
Merkel was on India visit.
 Important to know that this was her first India visit after the
new Govt formed in India.
 Globally & Bilaterally, Germany is one of India's most important partners.
 Economic and commercial relations between India and Germany are since early 16th century.
 During 2014, bilateral trade between the two countries was worth 15.96 billion euros.
 Germany is India's 8th largest foreign direct investor since 2000.
 In 2014, German direct foreign investment in India was about 1.15 billion US dollars.
 Important to know that the Indo-German partnerships are over 1600 and 600 Indo-German joint ventures are
operating in India.
 October 5, 2015 the German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the third inter-governmental consultations
(IGC) meeting between India and Germany held in New Delhi.
 Earlier, first and second inter-governmental consultation meetings were held in New Delhi in 2011 and Berlin in
2013 respectively.
 They outlined their common vision and cooperative action in a separate Joint Statement on Cooperation in
Climate Change and Energy Technology.
 Germany has provided 360 million Euros for sustainable urban development in 2015.
 Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for Germany's assistance in developmental projects over the years,
including the new German commitment of 1.490 billion Euro.
 The leaders expressed satisfaction at the successful implementation of the "Green Energy Corridors" Project,
which has been expanded by 400 million Euro.
 India welcomed Germany's readiness to assist in meeting its renewable energy target under the umbrella of the
Solar Partnership with 1 billion Euro over the next five years.
 Germany's also shown intention to initially commit 120 million Euro for a project in the upper Ganga River Basin
aiming at a comprehensive improvement of the environmental situation in selected cities in the Ganga river
basin.
 October 5, 2015 the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela
Merkel had bilateral talk in New Delhi.
 Following are the list of agreement signed between both countries:
A – Governmental Agreements
1. Summary Record of the Negotiations on Development Cooperation between the Government of India and the
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of
the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Republic of India on
Indo-German Development Cooperation Regarding the Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership.
3. Joint Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the
Republic of India, on one Hand, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development of the Republic of Germany, on the other Hand, on Cooperation in the
Field of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training.
4. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India and the Federal
Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany on Security Cooperation.
5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India and the Federal
Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany on Aviation Security.
Joint Declaration of Intent between the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India and the Federal
Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany on Cooperation in the Field of Disaster
Management.
7. Joint Declaration between the Ministry of Science and Technology (Government of the Republic of India) and
the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Government of the Federal Republic of Germany) on the
extension of the tenure of the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC).
8. Memorandum of Understanding between University Grants Commission (UGC), India and German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany on Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education (IGP).
9. Joint Declaration of Intent between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, (MoA&FW), Government
of India, and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) of the Federal Republic of
Germany on Plant Protection Products.
10. Joint Declaration of Intent on the further Development of the Cooperation in the Field of Railways between the
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of
Railways of the Republic of India.
11. Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises,
Government of India, and Fraunhofer Society, Germany on cooperation in the field of manufacturing.
12. Joint Announcement on setting up a Fast-Track system for German companies in India.
13. Joint Declaration between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the
Republic of India on the continuation of the cooperation in the field of advanced training of corporate
executives and junior executives from India.
14. Joint Declaration of Intent between the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India and
the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the Promotion of German as a Foreign
Language in India and the Promotion of Modern Indian Languages in Germany.
B – Agreements between other institutions
1) Joint Statement of Intent on Cooperation in Food Safety between the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
(BFR) and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
2) Joint Statement of Intent between the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Federal
Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) on Cooperation in Food Safety.
3) Memorandum of Understanding between the German Agribusiness Alliance and Agriculture Skill Council of India
(ASCI) on Cooperation in Agricultural Studies.
4) Letter of Intent between the Department of Science and Technology, Government of the Republic of India (DST),
the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Council), and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate
Meetings (Foundation) on supporting participation of Indian young scientists in Natural Sciences for the Lindau
Nobel Laureate Meetings.
6.
Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/incoming-visitdetail.htm?25887/Joint+Statement++Third+India+Germany+InterGovernmental+Consultations+IGC+in+New+Delhi+October+0
5+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/incoming-visitdetail.htm?25882/Prime+Ministers+Statement+to+the+Media+during+the+visit+of+Chancellor+Angela+Merkel+of+Federal+R
epublic+of+Germany+to+India+October+05+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/incoming-visitdetail.htm?25893/Speech+by+Prime+Minister+at+the+IndoGerman+Summit+2015+in+Bengaluru+October+6+2015
http://www.mea.gov.in/incoming-visitdetail.htm?25883/List+of+AgreementsMOUs+signed+during+the+visit+of+Chancellor+of+Federal+Republic+of+
International
Joint Declaration of the Heads of the Migration Authorities of the BRICS
countries
Question: October 8, 2015 first BRICS ministerial migration meeting held in(a) Sochi
(b) Beijing
(c) New Delhi
(d) Johannesburg
Ans (a)
Related facts:
 On 8 October 2015, the first BRICS Ministerial migration
meeting and the Round table on "New strategies of managing migration as the key to a successful development
of society", took place in Sochi (Russia).
 BRICS countries include: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The events were attended by:
 The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju led the Indian delegation.
 The Russian delegation was led by Konstantin Romodanovsky, Head of the Russian Federal Migration Service.
 Zheng Baigang, Head of the Exit and Entry Administration at the Ministry of Public Security of China
 Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa
 Sergei Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Secretary of the CIS(Commonwealth Of
Independent States)
 High- ranking representatives from the Eurasian Economic Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the
migration agencies of the CIS member states, the International Organization for Migration.
 And the relevant UN agencies and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Key features of Joint Declaration:
 Affirmed BRICS nation's interest in sharing experience and exchanging views on migration issues.
 Accepted the inter-relationship between transnational migration and development. It also accepted the need to
address the opportunities and issues that migration presents.
 Reaffirmed the openness of the BRICS nations to strengthen collaboration in matters related to migration with
other countries, international and regional organizations.
 This collaboration will be based on principle of equality and mutual respect for discussing and addressing the
issue of international migration.
 Acknowledged the effect of migration to the social and economic development in the member countries and
expressed their interest in sharing best practices in the implementation and development of national migration
policies or procedures.
 Called for strengthening of the dialogue and cooperation in the context of migration. It includes migration
policies, strategies and procedures as well as discussions of representatives of the migration authorities of the
BRICS countries.
Reference:
http://en.brics2015.ru/news/20151008/553670.html
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128569
http://pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.asp?releaseId=E2015PR2623
Forbes Asia’s new list of Philanthropists
Question: How many Indians have featured in the new group of philanthropist in the latest 9th edition of Forbes
Asia magazine in the Asia-Pacific region?
a. 9
b. 7
c. 6
d. 5
Ans (7)
Related facts:
 On 27 August 2015 Forbes Asia magazine released the list of
the new group of philanthropist in its latest 9th edition.
 The list has featured top 40 philanthropists from 13 Asia-Pacific
region countries for their individual noteworthy contributions to health and education sectors including 7
Indians.
 Important to know that out of 7 Indians, 4 persons are co-founders of Infosys Ltd.
 Infosys is the second largest software firm in India.
 Sunny Varkey who has pledge to donate half his fortune worth US 2.25 billion dollars as charity as a follow-up to
the Giving Pledge Initiative, led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
 Varkey is the founder of GEMS Education which is based in Dubai. It has a chain of 70 private schools in 14
countries.
 Infosys co-founders Nandan Nilekani, Senapathy Gopalakrishnan and SD Shibulal have been featured in the list
for their individual contributions to the health and education sectors.
 Rohan Murthy, son of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy also included as a philanthropist in the list.
 He had donated US 5.2 million dollars to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics.
 London-based India-born brother entrepreneurs Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan also have
featured in the list.
 The brothers donated USD 3 million for training of more than 4,000 people in tailoring across India. Beneficiaries
include the 2004 tsunami victims and “ill-fated” women.
 They are founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London’s Saville Row.
Reference:
http://forbesindia.com/article/special/seven-indians-on-forbes-asias-list-of-philanthropists/40993/1
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoppisch/2015/08/26/in-asia-40-heroes-of-philanthropy-are-making-their-mark/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anuraghunathan/2015/08/26/indian-fisherman-make-bespoke-suits-for-londons-savile-row/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anuraghunathan/2015/08/26/indian-tech-czars-pour-money-into-philanthropy/
http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/business/business-news/7-indians-feature-in-forbes-asias-heroes-of-philanthropylist/articleshow/48871233.cms
Nepal Declared as Secular democratic country
Question: (1)- Nepal has adopted new Constitution On 20 September declared by Nepalese President Ram Baran
Yadav at a special ceremony held in Parliament at Kathmandu.
(2)- Nepal's new constitution was passed by Parliament on September 17, 2015 by a 507-25 votes in the 601 seat
Constituent Assembly (CA) .
Choose the correct option:
(a) Both (1) and (2) are correct and (2) is correct explanation of (1).
(b) Both (1) and (2) are correct but (2) is not the correct
explanation of (1).
(c) (1) is true but (2) is false.
(d) (1) is false but (2) is true.
Ans (a)
Related facts:
 Nepal's new constitution has been implemented on September 20, 2015 (Vikram era in 2072).
 The new constitution will replace the 2007 interim constitution.
 President Ram Baran Yadav released Constitution at the Baneshwar Constituent Assembly building Kathmandu.
 The new constitution defines the Nepal, as a secular republic divided into seven federal provinces.
 Nepal's constitution is Asia's first constitution in which there is a provision for protecting the rights gay, bisexual
and Transgender (sexual minority) community.
 Nepal constitution consists of 35 parts 9 schedule and 308 articles.
 The constitution prepared is Nepal's first constitution by an elected constituent assembly.
 Before this five different constitutions were enacted in year 1948, 1951, 1959, 1962 and 1990.
 All the earlier constitution prepared were exhibiting the monarchy and country’s army ideas and feelings.
 After nearly 67 years of conflict in Nepal's democratic constitution this has been written by people.
Reference:
http://www.can.gov.np/np/ncd.html
http://himalayannewsexpress.com/news/article/105
http://www.spotlightnepal.com/News/Article/Constitution-Of-Nepal-2072-Under-Fire
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34280015
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nepal-adopts-historic-constitution-amid-protests/article7671003.ece
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
Question: Recently TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) was in news. It
is a(a) Regional trade agreement.
(b) Navigational agreement.
(c) Defense Agreement.
(d) Environment protection agreement.
Ans: a
Related Facts:
 Trans Pacific Partnership which is recently agreed between 12
Pacific Rim nations is the largest regional trade accord in
history.
 These 12 countries are: Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia from Asia. U.S.A, Canada and Mexico
from North America. Chile and Peru from South America. Australia and New Zealand from Australia.
 The final agreement was signed after five days of talks in Atlanta, US which was under negotiation for five years
and was delayed repeatedly by negotiations over drug patents. It should be noted that China being world’s
second-largest economy has been not part of the agreement.
 The Pacific accord would phase out thousands of import tariffs as well as other barriers to international trade.
 Participating nations contribute 800 million in population and almost 40 per cent of the world’s GDP.
 Sets minimum standards on various global issues ranging from environmental protection and Workers Right.
 TPP was started by four countries in year 2006 these are Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Chile.
 Besides member country 6 other country shown their interest to join this partnership these are Colombia,
Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea.
 Member countries are required to ratify the agreement by the legislature.
 There is provision for a dispute settlement tribunal.
It’s Advantages:
 It seeks to eliminate or reduce about 18,000 tariff and non-tariff barriers.
 By the introduction of this agreement, a common trading standards will apply in countries, there will be equality
at workers’ rights and it will control animals and their organ trafficking.
 From TPP Japan is likely to get economical benefits and U.S is likely to get benefit strategically.
 Other Member countries such as New Zealand Milk Products, Vietnamese textile, American Pharmaceutical,
Japanese automobile etc will get new markets.
Point of disagreement:
 The period over patent rights on drugs manufacturer is a major controversy. On the one hand the United States
in favor of 12 years patent rights on the other hand, Australia, New Zealand etc. countries are advocating it to 5
years. The agreement is expected between 5-8 years.
Criticism:
 The TPP is being criticized about the privacy of its provisions.
 It has also been criticized on the grounds that it is an agreement
 Major point of criticism is that there will be insignificant increase in that will benefit only major companies.
Competition for labor forces among members countries. This is likely to affect employment of U.S.A.
Reference:
http://tppinfo.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership
https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp
https://ustr.gov/tpp/
Economics
World Economic Outlook-2015
Question: World Economic Outlook published by IMF in October 2015 estimated highest growth rate for which
country in year 2015?
a. China
b. India
c. Japan
d. Germany
Ans (b)
Related facts:

International Monetary Fund (IMF) released World Economic
Outlook (WEO) October 2015 with an update titled 'Adjusting to Lower Commodity Prices'.

The report projects global growth for 2015 at 3.1% and up to 3.6% in 2016.

The projected global growth for 2015 is 0.3% point lower than in 2014 and 0.2% point below the forecasts in the
July 2015.

The report divided into two major parts as the world developed economies (Advanced Economies) and
emerging market and developing economies.

Report indicates slight improvement in the growth rate of Advanced Economies compared to 1.8% growth rate
in 2014.

It has Projected 2.0% in 2015, while 2.2%.in year 2016.

It has projected slowdown in the growth rate of developing economies, compared to 4.6% growth in 2014. The
growth rates of 4.0% and 4.5% have been estimated respectively in 2015 and 2016.

Weakening prospects have been expressed for some emerging market economies and Petroleum Exporting
Countries.

The atmosphere of falling commodity prices has reduced capital flows in emerging markets and tightens the
external financial conditions and has increased volatility in financial market. In this scenario, the risky citizenship
has increased.

Developing Asia's growth is also projected to decrease compared to 6.8% growth in 2014 growth rate of 6.5%
in 2015, while 2016 has been estimated at 6.4%.
India in the World Economic Outlook:

The IMF has expressed confidence in the Indian economy.

India's growth rate for 2015 is estimated to be 7.3%, which is equivalent to growth of 2014.
 It is decreased by 0.2% compared to update released in July.
 India's growth rate for 2016 is estimated at 7.5%.
 According to the IMF's projection India is fastest growing countries for the year 2015 and 2016.
 India's position is the best in the BRICS countries.
Reference:
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/02/
https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/02/pdf/text.pdf
Doing Business Index-2016
Question: According to World’s Bank report “Doing Business 2016” released on 27th October 2015, Name the
country ranked first for ease of doing business?
a. Singapore
b. New Zealand
c. India
d. United States of America
Ans (a)
Related Facts:

Washington-based World Bank released 13th Doing Business Index-2016 on 27
October 2015.

This Year theme is “Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency”.

In this year report total economies of 189 countries has been included.

Doing Business Index for 2016 ranked Singapore as first, New Zealand second, Denmark third, Hong Kong,
Republic of Korea are placed at fourth and fifth position respectively.

In Doing business report countries having least ease of doing business are Eritrea (ranked 189 th), Libya (ranked
188th), South Sudan (ranked 187th), Venezuela (ranked 186th).

India ranked 130th on the ease of doing business. In the Doing Business 2015 report, India was ranked 142nd.

India's neighboring countries are placed at following places Pakistan (138th rank), China (84th rank), Bangladesh
(174th rank), Sri Lanka (107th rank) and Nepal (99th rank).

In the BRICS nations, Russia ranked 51th, South Africa ranked 73rd, China ranked 84th and Brazil ranked 116th.

In Doing Business 2016 report a country ranked higher in this list means that its regulatory environment is more
favorable for the starting and operation of firms and business and lower rank represent vice versa.
Reference:
http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/global-reports/doing-business-2016
http://francais.doingbusiness.org/~/media/GIAWB/Doing%20Business/Documents/Annual-Reports/English/DB16-FullReport.pdf
Defense/Science
Ministry of Defence Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots
Question: Presently, the Indian Army is inducting women into which of the following Branches/Cadres?
(a) Army Ordinance Corps
(b) Navigation
(c) Education and Meteorology branches
(d) All the above
Ans- (d)
Related Facts:
 On 24 October, 2015 The Ministry of Defence has approved
the induction of women into the Fighter (Combat) stream of
the IAF.
 This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of
Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in
Armed Forces of developed nations.
 The first women pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing flying training at Air
Force Academy.
 After successful completion of ab-initio training, they would be commissioned in the fighter stream in June
2016.
 Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.
 Presently, the IAF is inducting women's into the Transport and Helicopter stream of the flying branch,
Navigation, Aeronautical Engineering, Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education and Meteorology branches.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=41561
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=129942
http://bhasha.ptinews.com/news/1327056_bhasha
http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/india/indian-air-force-soon-to-have-women-fighter-pilots/articleshow/49517729.cms
Hidden Himalayas: Asia's Wonderland
Question: Name the country in which WWF had recently launched a report named “Hidden Himalayas”?
(a) Bangladesh
(b) China
(c) Nepal
(d) Bhutan
Ans (d)
Related Facts:

World Wide Fund (WWF) on the day of World Habitat Day, that is, 5 October
2015 released Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland report.

The report also underscores the dire threats facing the vibrant ecosystems
across a region spanning Bhutan, north-east India, Nepal, north Myanmar
and the southern parts of Tibet.

According to the report, 211 new species like sneezing monkey, walking fish and jewel-like snake, were
discovered in the Eastern Himalayas region between 2009 and 2014. On an average 34 new species were
discovered annually for the past six years.

The 211 new species include 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one
mammal. These species were found by scientists from various organizations.

The report found that as a consequence of development, only 25% of the original habitats is left.

In this report hundreds of species that live in eastern Himalayas are considered globally threatened.

Following top unique species were discovered from this region: Bulbophyllum Nepalense, Vibrant blue dwarf
‘walking’ snakehead fish (Channa Andrao), Koponenius Unicorns, Mycomya Jeti, Elachura Formosa,
Leptobrachium Bompu, Parachiloglanis Bhutanensis, Megophrys Ancrae, Rhinopithecus Strykeri, Danionella
Dracula (Dracula Fish), Protobothrops Himalayansus etc.
Reference:
https://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/hidden-himalayas-asia-s-wonderland
An indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel ‘INS
Astradharini' joined Indian Navy
Ques: Which of the following indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel commissioned to Indian
navy recently?
a. INS Saryu
b. INS Trikand
c. INS Kaveri
d. INS Astradharini
Ans: d
Related facts:

An indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel ‘INS Astradharini’, was commissioned on 06th
October 2015 in Visakhapatnam.

The design of the Astradharini was a collaborative effort of NSTL, M/s Shoft Shipyard and IIT Kharagpur.

95% of the ship’s systems are of indigenous design.

Having a length of 50 m, the vessel is capable to do speeds up to 15 Knots.

The ship also has modern power generation and distribution, navigation and communication systems.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128467
Evidence of Liquid Water Flow on Mars
Ques: The study of the findings of the water flow on the planet Mars, was led by which of the following
researcher of the Georgia Institute of Technology?
a. Amalendu Ojha
b. Raghavendra Kumar
c. Lujendra Ojha
d. Amarendra Ojha
Ans: c
Related facts:

September 28, 2015 new findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest
evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where
mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet.

These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes
during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons.

They appear in several locations on Mars when temperatures are above minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23
Celsius), and disappear at colder times.

Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, lead author of a report on these
findings published Sept. 28 by 'Nature Geosciences'.

It is notable that MRO has been examining Mars since 2006 with its six science instruments.
Reference:
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-confirms-evidence-that-liquid-water-flows-on-today-s-mars
Sports:
Tennis
Vietnam Open Tennis 2015
Question: Who won the Vietnam Open tennis trophy in the men’s singles category?
a. Saketh Myneni
b. Sanam singh
c. Jordon Thompson
d. Nils Langer
Ans (a)
Related Facts:

ATP Challenger title, Vietnam Open tennis tournament concluded in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from October 12
to 18, 2015.

India’s ace tennis player Saketh Myneni has won the 2015 Vietnam Open trophy, he defeated Australia’s Jordan
Thompson by 7-5, 6-3 score.

In the men’s doubles category, he, along with other Indian Sanam Singh, ended runner-up after losing the final
6-1 3-6 8-10 to Tristan Lamasine and Nils Langer of France and Germany respectively.
Reference:
http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2015/7333/mds.pdf
http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2015/7333/op.pdf
Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships -2015
Question: Who won the men's singles title in Japan Open 2015?
(a) Stanislaw Wawrinka
(b) Raven Klaasen
(c) Robert Farah
(d) Novak Djokovic
Ans (a)
Related Facts:

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships held in Tokyo from October 5 to 11, 2015.

Results Of Championship:
Men’s Singles
Winner- Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Runner- Benoit Paire (France)
Men’s Doubles
Winner- Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Runner- Juan Sebastián Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah Maksoud (Colombia)
Reference:
http://en.rakutenopen.com/Scores/Results.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Rakuten_Japan_Open_Tennis_Championships
China Open
Ques: Who won China Open-2015 Men’s Singles title?
a. Novak Djokovic
b. Rafael Nadal
c. Garbine Muguruza
d. Timea Bacsinszky
Ans: a
Related facts:

October 5 to 11, 2015 China Open Tennis Tournament held in Beijing (China).

The results of tournament are as follows:

Men’s Singles
Winner- Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Runner- Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Women's Singles
Winner-Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
Runner-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland)

Men's Doubles
Winner-Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and Jack Sock (America)
Runner- Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Édouard Roger-Vasselin (France)
Women’s Doubles
Winner- Sania Mirza (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
Runner- hao ching chan and Chan Yung-jan (both China)

Important to know that it is Hingis- Sania's 8th doubles title while Sania’s 9th title of this year.
Reference:
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/en/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Open_%28tennis%29
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/en/news/2015-10-12/0026900.shtml
Malaysian Open 2015
Ques: Who won men singles title of Malaysian Open 2015?
a. Rajeev Ram
b. David Ferrer
c. Radek Stepanek
d. Leander Paes
Ans: b
Related facts:

Felicia Open Tennis Tournament Open was held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from 28 September to 4 October,
2015.

Following are the tournament results:
Men's Singles:
Winner- David Ferrer (Spain)
Runner- Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
Men's Doubles:
Winner- Treat Huey (Philippines) and Henri Kontinen (Finland)
Runner- Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Rajeev Ram (USA)

This was David Ferrer's 25th career title and 4th of this season 2015.
Reference:
http://www.malaysianopentennis.com/2015/news_015.php
http://www.malaysianopentennis.com/2015/scores.php
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/scores/archive/kuala-lumpur/6003/2015/results?matchType=doubles
Wuhan Open 2015
Ques: Who won the Wuhan Open singles title?
(a) Venus Williams
(b) Simona Halep
(c) Garbine Muguruza
(d) Maria Sharapova
Ans: a
Related facts:

WTA Wuhan Open ('Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open' due to
sponsors) held from 27 September to 3 October, 2015 in Wuhan, China.

The results were as follows:

Women's Singles:
Winner- Venus Williams (USA)
Runner- Garbine muguruza (Spain)

Women's doubles:
Winner- Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Sania Mirza (India)
Runner- Irina Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu (both Romania)

It is notable that Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza together won seventh title of year 2015.
Reference:
http://www.wtatennis.com/tournaments/tournamentId/3706/title/dongfeng-motor-wuhan-open
http://en.wuhanopen.org/index.php/index-view-aid-361.html
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/5044598/title/venus-wins-biggest-title-in-five-years
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/5044326/title/hingis-mirza-win-seventh-title-of-year
Hockey
India and New Zealand hockey Test series -2015
Question: Recently, the Indian men's hockey team was on the tour of which of the following country?
a. Australia
b. Pakistan
c. New Zealand
d. Nepal
Ans (c)
Related facts:

From 2 to 11 October 2015 the Indian men's hockey team was
on New Zealand tour.

During this tour Indian men's hockey team and the New Zealand men's hockey team played four match series
and India won the series by 2-1.

During this series Indian team played under the captaincy of Sardar Singh.
Reference:
http://hockeyindia.org/images/stories/2013/12/India-vs-New-Zealand1.pdf
http://hockeyindia.org/news/india-men-hockey-team-arrive-home-post-winning-the-new-zealand-series.html
http://hockeyindia.org/news/india-holds-new-zealand-to-a-1-1-draw-in-the-final-game-of-the-new-zealand-winsseries-by-2-1.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/hockey/top-stories/India-hold-New-Zealand-to-1-1-draw-win-hockeyTest-series-2-1/articleshow/49309465.cms
The Sultan of Johor Cup-2015
Question: Who won “The Sultan of Johor Cup-2015”?
a. India
c. Britain
b. Pakistan
d. Malaysia
Ans (c)
Related facts:

The fifth edition of The Sultan of Johor Cup under-21 field
hockey tournament held at Johor Bahru, Malaysia during 11-18 October 2015.

Great Britain on 18 October 2015 defeated Indian junior men's hockey team and captured Sultan of Johor Cup at
Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

Great Britain defeated defending champions India by 4-3 in penalty shootout in the final after the match had
ended 2-2 in regulation time.

The remaining four participating team, Malaysia, Argentina, Australia and Pakistan retains 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
position respectively.

Other Awards

Fair Play Award: Australia

Top Goal Scorer: Luke Taylor of Great Britain (10 goals)

Best Goalkeeper: Chris Wyver of Great Britain

Best Player: Harjeet Singh of India

India’s captain was Harjit Singh and Coach was Harendra Singh, Romeo James and Samir Dad.

Established in 2011 India is most successful team in the tournament and has won it for two times in 2013 and
2014.
Reference:
http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/index.php/team-lists
http://www.sultanjohorcup.com.my/index.php/team-lists
7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup
Ques: Who won the 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup?
(a) India
(b) Republic of Korea
(c) Japan
(d) China
Ans: d
Related facts:

7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup was concluded from September 5 to 13, 2015 in Changzhou, China.

China won the title by defeating Japan.

Republic of Korea and India received third and fourth place respectively.
Reference:
http://www.asiahockey.org/mavista/cms/en/home/30376/5---13-Sept,-2015%3Cbr%3EWomen%E2%80%99s-Junior-Asia-Cup
http://hockeyindia.org/7th-womens-junior-asia-cup
http://www.fih.ch/news/china-defend-women-s-junior-asia-cup-title/
Chess
World Chess Championship for Disabled-2015
Question: Who has won the World Chess Championship-2015 for Disabled?
a. Alexey Smirnov
b. Vladimir N. Kovalenko
c. Stanislav Mikheen
d. Sergej Wassin
Ans (a)
Related facts:

Second edition of World Chess Championship for Disabled 2015 completed on
24 October, 2015 at Dresden in Germany.

Gold medal won by Alexey Smirnov of Russia and Silver and bronze medal
won by Stanislav Babarykin of Russia and Stanislav Mikheev of Russia respectively.
Details of other awards distributed in the championship are following –

The best female player- Aleksandra Aleksandrova, from Israel.

The best IBCA player- Alexey Smirnov of Russia.

The best IPCA player- Stanislav Mikheev of Russia.

The best ICCD player- Vladimir N. Kovalenko of Ukraine.

The best team of the championship- IBCA Team from Russia.
Reference:
http://worldchess-disabled.com/en/
http://worldchess-disabled.com/en/news-en/rankings.html
http://worldchess-disabled.com/en/news-en/team-ranking.html
Chess World Cup -2015
Question: Who won FIDE Chess World Cup 2015?
a. Viswanathan Anand
b. Magnus Carlsen
c. Sergey Karjakin
d. Peter Svidler
Ans (c)
Related facts:

FIDE Chess World Cup 2015 was a 128-player single elimination chess tournament held in Baku, Azerbaijan,
from 10 September to 5 October 2015.

Sergey Karjakin (Russia) won the competition on tie-breaks after a four-game final against Peter Svidler (Russia).

Both the finalist belongs to same country (Russia).

Both finalists qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament.
Reference:
http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_World_Cup_2015
Badminton
Yonex Denmark Open 2015
Question: Who won the Yonex Denmark Open in the men’s singles category?
a. Tommy Sugiarto
b. Lee Yong Dae
c. Chen Long
d. Liu Cheng
Ans (c)
Related facts:

This BWF Super Series tournament held between October 13
to 18, 2015 in Denmark.
Result of the tournament:

Men’s single:
Winner-Chen Long (China)
Runner-up-Tommu Sugiarto (Indonesia)

Women’s single:
Winner-Li Xuerui (China)
Runner-up-P.V Sindhu (India)

Men’s Doubles:
Winner-Lee Yong Dae &Yo Yeon Seong (Korea)
Runner-up-Liu Cheng &Lu Kai (China)

Women’s Doubles:
Winner-Jung Kyung Eun & Shin Seung Chan (Korea)
Runner-up-Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei (China)

Mixed Doubles:
Winner:Ko Sung Hyun&Kim Ha Na (Korea)
Runner-up-Tontoni Ahmed&Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
Reference:
http://www.badmintondenmark.com/Cms/
http://bwf.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=E4410764-3F53-4BE8-9FCF-51A92DC74D74
Dutch Open Grand Prix
Question: Who won the women's singles badminton competition in Dutch Open Grand Prix 2015?
(a) Karin Snej
(b) Saina Nehwal
(c) Christie Gulmor
(d) Imili Lefel
Ans (c)
Related Facts:
 Dutch Open Badminton prix was organized at Almere
(Netherlands) from 6-11 October.
Results of the competition:
Men's Singles

Winner-Ajay Jayaram (India)

Runner-Raul Must (Estonia)
Women's Singles

Winner Christy Gilmore (Scotland)

Runner-Karin Shanej (Germany)
Men's Doubles

Winner-Won Koo Kien and Tan Boon Hiong Kiatt (Malaysia)

Runner-Manu Attri and B. Sumith Reddy (India)
 Second consecutive won for Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram in the Dutch Open
 This is first title of the season and second title of the Ajay's career .
Reference:
http://www.yonexdutchopen.nl/
FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open 2015
Ques: Who won the men singles title of FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open 2015 championship?
a. Marc Zwiebler
b. Manu Attri
c. Zvonimir Durkinjak
d. Adrian Dziolko
Related facts:

FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open 2015 was held in Prague, Czech Republic
during 23-26 September, 2015.

The results of the championship are as follows –

Male SingleWinner- Marc Zwiebler (Germany)
Runner- Zvonimir Durkinjak (Croatia)

Female SingleWinner-Kirsty Gilmour (Scotland)
Runner-Linda Zetchiri (Bulgaria)

Male DoublesWinner-Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha (both Poland)
Runner-Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy (both India)

Female DoublesWinner-Isabel Herttrich and Birgit Michels (both Germany)
Runner-Marie Batomene and Emilie Lefel (both France)

Mixed DoublesWinner- Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova (both Russia)
Runner- Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels (both Germany)
Reference:
http://www.mmbadminton.cz/en/
http://tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=4E2EB606-95C8-4086-8091-17ED6D5225A4
Golf
President’s Cup 2015
Question: Where was the golf competition 'President’s Cup 2015' held?
a. Guangzhou
b. Incheon
c. Kuala Lumpur
d. Sydney
Ans (b)
Related facts:

This is played between American golf team and the team
of
international golfers (not included golfer in Europe) held at every two years.

American golf team won the title for the year 2015.

This 6th in a row (total 9) win for American golf team.

2015 Presidents Cup was the 11th Presidents Cup, played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South
Korea from 8–11 October.

This was the first time the Presidents Cup was played in Asia.

In this competition the American golf team captain was Jay Haas and Team of international golfer's captain was
Nick Price (Zimbabwe).
Reference:
http://www.presidentscup.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Presidents_Cup
Hero Women's Indian Open-2015
Question: Who won the 2015 Hero Women’s Indian Open title?
(a) Aditi Ashok
(b) Emily Kristine Pedersen
(c) Becky Morgan
(d) Liz Young
Ans (b)
Related facts:

9th edition of Hero Women’s Indian Open (Title Sponsor-Hero) held at the DLF Golf and Country Club from 23-25
October 2015 in India.

The competition won by 19-year-old Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark, while Cheyenne Woods (USA), Becky
Morgan (Wales) and Malene Jorgensen (Denmark) jointly came second.

In this competition Indian golfer Aditi Ashok secured 13th position.
Reference:
http://www.womensindianopen.com/emily-triumphs.php
http://ladieseuropeantour.com/tournament/hero-womens-indian-open-2/
Formula One
Russian Grand Prix-2015
Question: Who among the following has won the Russian Grand Prix-2015?
a. Lewis Hamilton
b. Sebastian Vettel
c. Sergio Perez
d. Nico Rosberg
Ans (c)
Related facts:

2015 edition of Formula One Russian Grand Prix held on 12
October 2015 at Sochi in Russia.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won 2015 Russian Grand Prix title of Formula One (Time- 1 hour, 37
minutes,11.024 seconds)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (Germany) and Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India stood at second and third
positions respectively.
 This title was Lewis Hamilton second Russian Grand Prix, the 9th of 2015 session, and was his 42nd Grand Prix
title of his career.
Reference:
https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/race.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/11924913/Russian-Grand-Prix-2015-live.html
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/34500072
United States Grand Prix-2015
Question: Who among the following has won the United States Grand Prix-2015?
a. Lewis Hamilton
b. Sebastian Vettel
c. Nico Rosberg
d. Felipe Massa
Ans (a)
Related Facts:
 US Grand Prix Formula-1 race was 16th race of session 2015
held on October 25, 2015 at the Texas, USA.
 British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes Team finishes the race in 1 hour, 50 minutes, 52.703 seconds.
 This was his 4th US grand prix title (2007, 2012, 2014, and 2015).
 While his team-mate Nico Rosberg of Germany stood at the second position, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel
(Germany) was at the third.
 This was Hamilton's overall 10th victory of the season and he also won 2015 World Drivers’ Championship
(WDC).
 Important to know that Hamilton won World Drivers’ Championship (WDC) for third time (2008, 2014, 2015).
 Michael Schumacher from Germany holds the record for winning most WDC titles for 7 times.
Reference:
https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-united-statesresults/race.html
https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/hamilton-seals-2015-title-with-thrillingaustin-win.html
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/34633569
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/lewishamilton/11953624/Lewis-Hamilton-third-Formula-Oneworld-title-USA-Grand-Prix-2015-live.html
Sports Miscellaneous
Archery World Cup Final-2015
Question: Where was FITA Archery World Cup Final-2015
held?
a. Shanghai
b. Atlanta
c. Las Vegas
d. Mexico City
Ans (d)
Related Facts:

The four staged 2015 Archery World Cup final held
in Mexico City from 24–25 October, 2015.

Indian archer Abhishek Verma has won Silver medal in the
Individual Compound event of this edition of World Cup
final while Demir Elmaagacli (Turkey) and Dominique Genet
(France) has won gold and bronze medals respectively.

India’s women archer Deepika Kumari has won the Silver medal in Individual Recurve event at the 2015 Archery
World Cup Final while the gold and bronze medals won by Choi Misun (Korea) and Le Chien-Ying (Chinese
Taipei) respectively.

In Men's individual Recurve event gold, silver and bronze medals won by Miguel Alvarino Garcia (Spain), JeanCharles Valladont (France) and Kim Woo-Jin (Korea) respectively.

In female individual Compound event gold, silver and bronze medals has won by Sara Lopez (Colombia), Mariia
Vinogradova (Russia) and Linda Ochoa Anderson (Mexico) respectively.

Details of the other winners are as follows:
Mixed Compound event:
Winner- Denmark,
Runner-Mexico
Mixed Recurve event:
Winner- South Korea,
Runner- Mexico
Reference:
http://worldarchery.org/competition/14269/mexico-city-2015-archery-world-cup-final
http://worldarchery.org/news/132015/korea-wins-world-cup-final-recurve-mixed-team-title
http://worldarchery.org/news/132018/spains-garcia-surprise-winner-mexico-city
17th International Frederic Chopin Piano competition
Question: Who won the gold medal in the 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano competition?
a. Seong-Jin Cho
b. Dmitry Shishkin
c. Kate Liu
d. Charles Richard-Hamelin
Ans (a)
Related facts:

17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition Preliminary Round held between 13 to 24 April 2015
and the final contest and music held between 1 to 23 October, in Warsaw, Poland.

On October 20, 2015 South Korea's 21-year-old Cho Seong-Jin won title (gold medal) of the competition.

He won the prize money of 33600 US dollars.

Charles Richard-Hamelin of Canada won the silver medal while Bronze medal went to Kate Liu of the United
States (US).

The competition is held every five years and is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single
composer. It has been a launching pad for many internationally renowned Pianists.

Special prizes:

Frederic Chopin Society Prize for best performance of a polonaise - Seong-Jin Cho.

Polish Radio Prize for best performance of mazurkas - Kate Liu.

Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata - Charles Richard-Hamelin.

The competition saw participation of 78 pianists from 20 countries.
Reference:
http://chopincompetition2015.com/
http://static.eu.chopincompetition2015.com/u299/final_oceny.pdf
http://chopincompetition2015.com/winners?tab=0
http://chopincompetition2015.com/news/0c57bc68-a199-4909-8506-30faa06de5a6
IPL new sponsor
Question: Recently, who is announced as IPL new sponsor?
a. DLF
c. Coca Cola
b. Vivo
d. Reliance
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 21 October
2015 announced Chinese mobile manufacturer company (Vivo) for title sponsorship of the Indian Premier
League (IPL).

Vivo will be the title sponsor for the next two sessions (2016 and 2017).

Vivo replaces beverage giant PepsiCo as title sponsor after PepsiCo announced to end its deal from a five-year
contract that was supposed to end in year 2017.
Reference:
http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/press-releases/11342/vivo-bags-ipl-title-sponsorship-rights
http://www.iplt20.com/news/2015/announcements/6987/vivo-bags-ipl-title-sponsorship-rights
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup 2015
Question: Where was FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup 2015 held?
a. China
b. Cuba
c. Russia
d. Japan
Ans(d)
Related facts:

The 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup was played from
August 22 to September 6 in Japan.

The competition consists of 66 matches played between teams of 12 countries.

On September 6, 2015 the final match of the competition, was played between China and Japan. China beat
Japan by 3-1 with total 30 points in Score board.

Serbia (26 points) and USA (28 points) secured second and third place respectively in the competition.

Zhu Ting collected the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for her consistently outstanding performances at the
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup Japan 2015.
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup individual awards:
1st Best Outside Spiker - Brankica Mihajlovic (SRB)
2nd Best Outside Spiker - Tatiana Kosheleva (RUS)
1st Best Middle Blocker - Daymara Lesday (CUB)
2nd Best Middle Blocker - Tetori Dixon (USA)
Best Opposite Spiker - Nataliya Obmochaeva (RUS)
Best Setter - Niverka Marte (DOM)
Best Libero - Brenda Castillo (DOM)
Reference:
http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en/schedule#/d20150907
http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en/competition/pools%20and%20ranking/round1
http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en/news/zhu-leads-womens-world-cup-dream-team?id=57065
http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en/live/finalday
http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en/news/china-and-serbia-on-road-to-rio?id=57037
11th Hero MTB Himalaya 2015
Ques: 11th Hero MTB Himalaya 2015 was organized ina. Himachal Pradesh
b. Uttarakhand
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. Nagaland
Ans: a
Related facts:

11th Hero MTB Himalaya mountain bike race competition
held during 27 September to 4 October, 2015 in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Portugal cyclist Luis Leao Pinto was declared winner in ‘Men Solo’ riders category however second and third
position received by Andi Seewald (Germany) and Pau Zamora (Spain) respectively.

The 36 year old Pinto crowned 'King of Himalays', who won the race second time after 2013.

Catherine Williamson got first position in ‘Women Solo’ riders category however second and third prize received
by Ilda Perreira (Portugal) and Laxmi Magar (Nepal) respectively.

Ajay Pandit Chettri and Bhuddhi Bahadur Tamang (both Nepal) got first position in ’Team of Two rider’ category.

Reimund Deitzen got first position in ‘Master solo (above 40 years)’ category.

This competition organized annually by ‘Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association
(HASTPA)’.
Reference:
http://www.mtbhimalaya.com/hero-mtb-himalaya-2015-2/
http://www.mtbhimalaya.com/results-2015/
http://www.sportskeeda.com/cycling/11th-hero-mtb-himalaya-concludes-prizes-distributed
http://shimla.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/11th-hero-mtb-himalaya-race-2015/page-2/
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/cyclist-pinto-crowned-king-of-himalayas-115100400619_1.html
FIBA Asia Championship 2015
Ques: Who won the FIBA Asia Championship 2015 title?
a. China
b. Philippines
c. India
d. Iran
Ans: a
Related facts:

FIBA Asia Championships men's events of International Baskebol Federation (FIBA) were held in Changsha,
Hunan (China) from September 23 to October 3, 2015.

China beat the Philippines 78-67 in the final and won the championship 16th time.

China's Xi Jianlian was declared Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Iran and Japan received third & fourth place respectively and India received 8th place in the championship.

With the win, China qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Reference:
http://www.fiba.com/asia/2015
http://www.fiba.com/asia/2015/teamstats
http://www.fiba.com/pr-58-china-capture-2015-fiba-asia-championship-crown-qualify-for-2016-rio-olympics
Asian Rowing Championship
Ques: 16th Asian Rowing Championship-2015 was organized at(a) China
(b) Japan
(c) India
(d) Switzerland
Ans: a
Related facts:

16th Asian Rowing Championship was held at Beijing (China) from 24-28 September, 2015.

India won total 7 medals (5 silver, 2 bronze) and China top the medal list with 16 medals (15 gold, 1 silver).

Nearly 400 athletes from 23 countries participated in this championship.
Reference:
http://www.arfrowing.org/events_details/?view=329
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-09-28/news/66957747_1_double-sculls-shokendar-tomarsilver-medal
https://www.facebook.com/IndiaRowing/photos/a.423283787709817.88660.192437617461103/96659373004548
4/?type=3&theater
Personalities
Ahmed Adeeb
Question: Recently who has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the president Mr.
Abdullah Yameen?
a. Abdurrahman Waheed
b. Mohammad Waheed Hassan
c. Sheikh Imran Abdullah
d. Ahmed Adeeb
Ans (d)
Related Facts:

Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adeeb was arrested on 24 October
2015 in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the president.

It is to be noted that in last month an explosion took place aboard the boat
when President Yameen and his wife were returning to the capital from the airport after a Haj pilgrimage to
Saudi Arabia.

Because of his alleged involvement in this act, vice president Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested and being
charged with high treason.
Reference:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34625558
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/maldives-vice-president-ahmed-adeeb-arrested-over-assassination-bombplot-aboard-president-yameen-a6707276.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/maldives-police-arrest-vp-over-blast-on-president-s-boat115102400372_1.html
Pakistan appoints new National Security Advisor
Question: Recently who has been appointed as the new National Security Advisor (NSA) of Pakistan?
(a) Sartaj Aziz
(b) Asraf Raza
(c) Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
(d) Nasser Khan Janjua
Ans (d)
Related facts:

On 22 October 2015 retired Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua has been appointed as the new National
Security Advisor (NSA) of Pakistan.

He has replaced Sartaj Aziz.

Till now Sartaj Aziz had been holding dual offices of NSA and Advisor on Foreign Affairs.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-appoints-exgeneral-nasser-khan-janjua-as-newnsa/article7796356.ece
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/18/us-pakistan-military-exclusive-idUSKCN0SC0TP20151018
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/pak-to-appoint-ex-general-janjua-as-new-national-security-advisor/storyRGqvsecFbK9gskXB1UADkJ.html
Obama Declared new envoy against IS
Question: Who among of the following has been appointed as new envoy to U.S led coalition fighting Islamic
State(IS), by U.S president Mr. Obama?
a. General John Allen
c. Hillary Clinton
b. Bret McGurk
d. Ryan Crocker
Ans (b)
Related Facts:
 On 23 October 2015 US President Barack Obama has appointed veteran Iraq
expert Brett McGurk as Special Envoy to the US-led coalition fighting the
Islamic State (IS).

Presently Brett McGurk is working as White House advisor on Iraq.
 He will succeed the General John Allen who is retiring in the month of November.
 It should be noted that in year 2014 on the request of Iraq government Obama decided to sent his troops to
fight against IS militants .
 The global coalition formed against the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Islamic State) has
done numerous air strikes under international campaign in which so far 65 countries has participated.
Reference:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/23/statement-president-departure-special-presidential-envoy-johnallen-and
http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/10/248665.htm
http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/ambassador-to-iraq-who-is-brett-mcgurk?news=844326
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/23/us-mideast-crisis-whitehouse-mcgurk-idUSKCN0SH1XT20151023
First female President of Nepal
Question: Recently who has been elected as Nepal 1st female president?
(a) Mannu Devi Bhandari
(b) Bidhya Devi Bhandari
(c) Sushma Devi Bhandari
(d) Karuna Devi Bhandari
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

On 28 October 2015 Bidhya Devi Bhandari of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPNUML)
has been elected as the first female President of Nepal.

In the Presidential election, Bidhya Devi Bhandari defeated her opponent Kul Bahadur Gurung of the Nepali
Congress party by securing 327 against 217 votes of her opponent.

In Nepal, Bidhya Devi is long known for advocating women’s rights.

She became first President under newly promulgated Constitution of Nepal and second President since the
Nepal became a republic after abolishing the centuries-old monarchy.

It should be noted that Ram Baran Yadav was first elected President of Republic Nepal.

She sworn as president on 29 October 2015.

Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha administered the oath of office and secrecy in a special ceremony held at Nepal
National building “Sheetal Niwas”.
Reference:
http://presidentofnepal.gov.np/#
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nepal-gets-its-first-woman-president/article7814320.ece
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34664430
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-10-28/bhandari-elected-first-woman-prez.html
Jimmy Morales
Question: Recently, Jimmy Morales was elected as president of which country?
a. Germany
b. Georgia
c. Guatemala
d. Malaysia
Ans (c)
Related facts:

On October 25, 2015 the 46-year-old former TV Comedian
Jimmy Morales won presidential elections in Guatemala.

In this election Jimmy Morales, candidate of National Convergence front party won by getting more than 67% of
total vote and defeated his opponent Sandra Torres who got 33% of the votes.

It should be noted that former vice president Roxana Baldetti and outgoing president Otto Perez Molina had to
step down and were arrested on fraud and corruption charges and this became one of the reasons of Jimmy
Morales success.

He will take over the Presidency on 14 January 2016.
Reference:
http://jimmymorales.gt/site01/
http://resultados2015.tse.org.gt/2v/resultados-2015/index.php
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/us-guatemala-election-idUSKCN0SJ04G20151026
http://time.com/4086607/jimmy-morales-guatemala-president/
Pijush Ganguly passes away
Question: Pijus Ganguly, who recently died in a car accident, was a renowneda. Painter
b. Cricketer
c. Actor
d. Musician
Ans (c)
Related facts:

October 25, 2015, Pijus Ganguly the Bengali film, television actor passed away, He was 50 years old.

Pijus Ganguly injured when his MUV collided head-on with a bus at Santragachi in Howrah district on October
20, 2015.

His acting career began as a Theatre actor and later worked in television and films.

He was awarded with Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award for Best Actor (2005), Government of West
Bengal (Information and Cultural Affairs) Tele Academy Award (2014) etc.

He had acted in acclaimed films like ‘Gaynar Baksho’ by Aparna Sen, ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ by Anjan Dutta and
‘Mahulbanir Sereng’ by Sekhar Das.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/bengali-actor-pijush-ganguly-passes-away/article7803329.ece
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/bengali-actor-pijush-ganguly-passes-away-at-50-after-a-caraccident/articleshow/49523803.cms
http://hindi.kolkata24x7.com/entertainment-news/bengali-actor-pijush-ganguly-dead#
Maureen O’Hara
Question: Renowned Hollywood actress Maureen O'Hara, recently passed away originally belongs toa. France
c. Italy
b. Ireland
d. Greece
Ans (b)
Related facts:
 Renowned Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara at the age of
95 passed away on 24 October 2015 in Boise, Idaho (US).
 Born in Dublin (Ireland) in 1920 started her career in 1939 and stepped in Hollywood film industry in the US.
 Her first film was The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).
 She had starred in more than 60 films.
 In 2014 she was presented with an Honorary Academy award.
Her other famous films include:
 How Green was My Valley Falcons (1941), This Land is mine (1943) and the miracle on 34 th street (1947) etc.
Reference:
http://moharamagazine.com/
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/24/maureen-ohara-quiet-man-dies-aged-95
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2015/10/24/actress-maureen-ohara-dies-at-age-95/74536318/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000058/
The new chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs
Question: Recently who has been appointed as CBEC chairman?
(a)
Kaushal Srivastava
(b)
Arvind Mayaram
(c)
Najib Shah
(d)
Ajit Seth
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

On 29 October 2015 Union Government’s Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Mr Najib Shah an Indian Revenue Service(IRS) officer of 1979
batch as new chairman of the Central Board of Exercise and Custom(CBEC).

Prior to this appointment he was working as Member in the CBEC board.

Along with this Mr. Kaushal Srivastava a retired officer of IRS has been appointed as Vice Chairman of CBEC

CBEC operates and functions under the aegis of the Department of Revenue of Union Ministry of Finance.

CBEC is the nodal government agency on Indirect Taxes responsible for administering Customs, Central Excise,
Service Tax and Narcotics in India its work is to prevent smuggling and to solve the cases related to customs,
central excise, service tax and narcotics.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=130034
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/najib-shah-appointed-cbecchairman/articleshow/49568106.cms
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/najib-shah-to-take-charge-as-cbec-chairman/article7814488.ece
Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei - the new Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court
Question: Who is the present Governor of Assam?
a. Mr Chittaranjan Sharma
b. P.B Acharya
c. Jyoti Prasad
d. Ram Nath Kovind
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

On October 21, 2015 Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei was sworn in as the new
Chief Justice Gauhati High Court, Assam.

The oath of office was administered by the Governor of Assam Shri PB Acharya.

On October 19, 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred by article 223 of the Constitution of India the President
appointed Tinlianthang Vaiphei, senior-most Judge of Gauhati High Court, to perform the duties of the Chief
Justice of Gauhati High court.

Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei has been appointed to replace outgoing Chief Justice Justice Karanam Sreedhar Rao,
retired on the same day.

Incidentally this is the first appointment in the higher judiciary after the Supreme Court struck down the
National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and a related Constitutional Amendment Act which sought
to scrap the collegium system.

This should be noted that recently a bench of the Supreme Court judges struck down the National Judicial
Appointments Commission (NJAC) and a related Constitutional Amendment Act which sought to scrap the
collegium system declaring it as unconstitutional.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=129845
http://ghconline.gov.in/judgesGHC.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/gauhati-hc-gets-new-acting-cj-115101901223_1.html
http://www.assamtimes.org/node/15548
Manorama
Question: Recently Veteran Tamil actor, comedian, stage artist and singer Manorama passed away. She was
awarded with Padma Shri ina. 2000
b. 2002
c. 2006
d. 2010
Ans (b)
Related facts:
 Veteran Tamil actor, comedian, stage artist and singer
Manorama passed away on 11 October 2015 in Chennai, Tamil
Nadu. She was of 78.
 She was born on May 26, 1937 as Gopishantha in Mannargudi in then Madras Presidency of British India.
 Her debut film was Malayitta Mangai, released in 1958.
 In her career she had acted in over 1,500 south films.
 1,000 stage performances and several television series in five languages.
 Some of her popular films are Anbe Vaa, Ethir Neechal, Galatta kalyanam, Durga devi etc.
 She awarded with Kalaimamani award of Tamil Nadu Government, National Film Award for Best Supporting
Actress (1989) for the movie Pudhiya Pathai.
 Important to know that she honored with Padma Shri in the Year 2002.
Reference:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7390393/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34498816
http://www.abplive.in/movies/2015/10/11/article737270.ece/Veteran-Tamil-actress-Manorama-dead
http://khabar.ndtv.com/news/filmy/veteran-tamil-actor-manorama-remembered-as-aachi-dies-1230710?site=full
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
Ques: Who was recently elected as Prime Minister of Nepal?
(a) Girija Prasad Koirala
(b) Sushil Koirala
(c) Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
(d) Ram Naresh Yadav
Ans: c
Related facts:

October 11, 2015 CPN-UML leader ‘Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’ was elected new prime minister of Nepal, after
the implementation of the new constitution in Nepal.

He is 38th Prime Minister of Nepal and the first according to the constitution.

He received 338 votes from the 597-member chamber, defeating his predecessor, Sushil Koirala, who received
249 votes.

He has earlier served as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister in the Girija Prasad Koirala-led
interim government formed immediately after the 2006 'People's Movement'.

October 12, 2015, he was sworn in as Prime Minister.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/k-p-sharma-oli-elected-new-nepal-prime-minister/article7749867.ece
http://pmindia.gov.in/hi/news_updates/%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%A7%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A8%E0%A
4%AE%E0%A4%82%E0%A4%A4%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%80-%E0%A4%A8%E0%A5%87%E0%A4%B6%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%80-%E0%A4%95%E0%A5%87%E0%A4%AA/http://www.npnewsportal.com/khadga-prasad-sharma-oli-kp-sharma-oli-elected-38th-prime-minister-of-nepal/
Sherif Ismail
Ques: Sharif Ismail recently appointed as Prime Minister of which of the following country(a) Pakistan
(b) Indonesia
(c) Afghanistan
(d) Egypt
Ans: d
Related facts:

September 19, 2015, the former Petroleum Minister Ismail Sharif sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Egypt.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail took oath before President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

It is important to know that the former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and his cabinet had resigned for the
charges against corruption.

The newly appointed Prime Minister Sharif, an engineer by profession, was appointed Chairman of the state-run
Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (GANOPE)’.
Reference:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/141862/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Sherif-Ismail-cabinet-with--new-facessworn.aspx
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/09/19/sherif-ismails-cabinet-takes-oath/
http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/09/12/sherif-ismail-appointed-egypts-new-prime-minister-after-cabinet-resignation/
Hoesung Lee
Ques: Newly elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Hoesung Lee belongs toa. Japan
c. South Korea
b. China
d. Philippines
Ans: c
Related facts:

October 6, 2015, the South Korean economist Hoesung Lee was
elected chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Hoesung Lee was elected by 78 votes to 56 in a run-off with Jean-Pascalvan Ypersele.

The election took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the IPCC was holding its 42 nd Session.

Lee, aged 69, is professor in the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development at Korea
University’s Graduate School of Energy and Environment in the Republic of Korea.

He is currently one of the IPCC’s three vice-chairs.

The IPCC was awarded with Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge
about man-made climate change.”

Mr. Lee have advocated to opening IPCC for the experts worldwide.

IPCC have intensively scientists from Europe and North America.

Mr. Lee expressed his opinion for involvement of women scientists in the organization.
Reference:
http://ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/ipcc42/151006_election_of_new_chair.pdf
E. Sreedharan
Question: Eminent civil engineer E. Sreedhan associated with Indian Engineering Services is popularly known asa. Missile man
c. Metro man
b. Iron man
d. Mountain man
Ans (c)
Relate facts:

Principal adviser of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) E.
Sreedharan has accepted an invitation of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his HighLevel Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST).

The group was announced by the U.N. Secretary General on August 8, 2014, to formulate recommendations on
sustainable transport actionable at global, national, local, and sector levels.

Awarded with India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan in year 2008, Mr E Sreedhan is recognized
due to his commendable work in Delhi Metro Rail project.

He served Delhi Metro from 1995 to 2012 as managing director.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/e-sreedharan-to-join-un-advisory-group/article7667146.ece
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-09-18/news/66677353_1_metro-man-e-sreedharan-united-nations-delhimetro-rail-corporation
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/metro-man-e-sreedharan-in-un-high-level-advisory-group/1/476903.html
Ravindra Jain
Ques: Ravindra Jain was awarded with a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for the filma. Ram Teri Ganga Maili
c. Hina
b. Chitchor
d. Nadiya Ke Paar
Ans: a
Related facts:

9 October, 2015 Veteran music director, singer and lyricist
Ravindra Jain was died at Lilawati hospital. He was 71.

Ravindra Jain was born in February28, 1944 to well-known Sanskrit scholar and Ayurvedacharya of Aligarh, Uttar
Pradesh Pandit Indramani Jain.

He was born blind. His parents recognized his talent and sent him to Pt GL Jain, Pt Janardhan Sharma and Pt
Nathu Ram for formal education in music.

He joined Kolkata film industry in 1960 and Mumbai film industry in 1972.

He composed music in leading films such as 'Chor Machaye Shor', 'Geet Gaata Chal', 'Chitchor', 'Dulhan Wahi Jo
Piya Man bhaaye', 'Paheli', 'Ankhiyon ke Jharokhon se'.

He had composed and sung for famous mythological serial 'Ramayana'.

Ravindra Jain was awarded with a Filmfare Award in Best Music Director Category for Ram Teri Ganga Maili film.

He was awarded with 'Padma Shri' from Government of India in 2015.
Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravindra_Jain
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/musician-ravindra-jain-passes-away/article7743497.ece
http://www.ravindrajain.in/
Sekhar Basu
Ques: Renowned scientist Sekhar Basu was appointed as a Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission related to
which of the Submarine project?
a. INS Arihant
c. INS Sindhughosh
b. INS Chakra
d. INS Aridhaman
Ans: a
Related facts:

October 10, 2015 the Government appointed Dr Sekhar Basu as
Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman, Atomic Energy
Commission.

Mr. Basu will succeed the current Chairman Dr. RK Sinha who will retire on October 23, 2015.

Shekar Basu will work for a period till he attains the age of 64 years, i.e. September 19, 2016.

He is a known nuclear scientist who has designed and built reprocessing plant, fuel storage facilities and nuclear
waste treatment facilities at Trombay, Tarapur and Kalpakkam.

Basu has been associated with research in engineering sciences covering physics, chemistry, biomedical,
materials and others to develop and apply technology for energy, health, food and agriculture sectors.

He is a recipient of Padma Shri Award for his contribution to nuclear energy and research work.

He is one of the architects of India’s 80 mega watt compact Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), which will power
INS Arihant, the country’s nuclear-powered submarine.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx
http://m.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/sekhar-basu-appointed-as-chairman-of-atomic-energy-commission-1444452460-1
http://www.barc.gov.in/leaders/index.html
Arvind Panagariya
Ques: Government has decided to appoint whom as the Sherpa for G-20 talks recently?
a. Arvind Subhramanyam
c. Shaktikant Das
b. Arvind Panagariya
d. Dr. Raghuram Rajan
Ans: b
Related facts:

September 24, 2015 Government has decided to appoint NITI
Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya as the Sherpa for G-20
talks.

He will replace Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

As per the practice, the Deputy Chairman of the erstwhile Planning Commission used to be the Sherpa for G-20
talks.

During the UPA regime, former Deputy Chairman of the Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia was the sherpa
for G-20 talks.

The next G20 Leaders' Summit is scheduled on November 15-16 at Antalya in Turkey in November.
Reference:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/panagariya-new-sherpa-for-g-20-talks/1/481973.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Panagariya-New-Sherpa-for-G-20-Talks/2015/09/24/article3045262.ece
http://niti.gov.in/content/vicechairman.php
Dr. Syed Ahmad
Ques: Dr. Syed Ahmad who recently passed away, was holding the post of governor of which state?
(a) Maharastra
(b) Haryana
(c) Manipur
(d) Tamilnadu
Ans: c
Related facts:
 September 27, 2015 Governor of Manipur Dr. Syed Ahmed passed away in Mumbai.
 Mr. Ahmed died due to cancer, He was 70.
 He was also the governor of Jharkhand from 4th September, 2011 to 16th May, 2015.
 He was nominated and elected as the Congress Candidate from Nagpada constituency for Maharashtra
assembly in the year 1980, 1985, 1990, 1999 & 2004.
 Dr. Ahmed has written an autobiography, 'Pagdandi se Shahar Tak'.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128230
http://manipur.gov.in/?page_id=689
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/manipur-governor-syed-ahmed-passes-away/article7694805.ece
John Guillermin (1925–2015)
Ques: Which of the following film was not directed by John Guillermin, who died recently?
(a) King Kong
(b) The Towering Inferno
(c) The Blue max
(d) Pirates of the Caribbean
Ans: d
Related facts:

September 27, 2015 the 89-year-old British film director John Guillermin died from heart attack in Los Angeles
(USA).

He is mainly known for directing blockbusters movies “The Towering Inferno”, remake of “King Kong” in 1976
and "Blue Max".

Guillermin was born in London on Nov 11, 1925 and did his film training in France.

It is notable that he started his career as a documentary filmmaker in 1947.

He was awarded with the 'Evening Standard British Film Award' for his film 'Death on the Nile' in 1980 and
'Kinema Junpo Award' for his film 'The Towering Inferno' in 1976.
Reference:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/movies/john-guillermin-towering-inferno-director-dies-at-89.html?_r=0
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0347086/
Sports Personalities
AB de Villiers
Question: Recently, who was named as a brand ambassador of MRF?
a. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
c. Chris Gayle
b. Adam Gilchrist
d. AB de Villiers
Ans (d)
Related Facts:

Tyre manufacturing giant MRF (Madras Rubber Factory) Limited on 20 October
2015 named South African ODI captain Abraham Benjamin AB de Villiers as its
brand ambassador.

He will endorse the company’s products and services through advertising campaigns and other such
promotional programmes for a period of three years.
Reference:
http://zeenews.india.com/sports/cricket/ab-de-villiers-named-brand-ambassador-of-mrf_1812546.html
http://www.uniindia.com/south-african-odi-capt-ab-de-villiers-is-mrf-brand-ambassador/sports/news/243239.html
Bhaichung Bhutia
Question: Recently, who has been appointed as advisor to All India Football Federation (AIFF)?
a. Praful Patel
b. Hardev Jadeja
c. Utpal Ganguly
d. Bhaichung Bhutia
Ans (d)
Related facts:

All India Football Federation (AIFF) on 18 October 2015
appointed the former India Football captain Bhaichung Bhutia
as the advisor for overall issues of the game and the
Federation.

He has been appointed as an advisor for development of game at basic level and in view of improvement in the
performance of the team in the upcoming U-17 World Cup.

It should be noted that Bhaichung Bhutia is already the chairman of the AIFF's technical committee.
Reference:
https://www.the-aiff.com/news-center-details.htm?id=6743
http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/136/india/2015/10/19/16456582/bhaichung-appointed-advisor-to-the-aiff
Vijay Kumar Malhotra
Question: Recently, Who has been appointed as the chief of the All India Council for Sports (AICS)?
a. Ajay Kumar Malhotra
b. Raj Kumar Malhotra
c. Vijay Kumar Malhotra
d. Baichung Bhutia
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

October 19, 2015 the central government named the senior
sports administrator Vijay Kumar Malhotra as first president
of the All India Council of Sports (AISC) formed in July 2015.

It should be noted that at present he is working as senior vice president of Indian Olympics Association. He had
been the former president of the General Association of National Sports Federations and the President of the
Archery Association of India also.
Reference:
http://www.uniindia.com/hockey-india-congratulates-new-aics-head-vk-malhotra/sports/news/243839.html
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=123717
Virender Sehwag
Question: Who among the following made fastest ODI century?
a. Sachin Tendulkar
b. Sourav Ganguly
c. Virender Sehwag
d. Rohit Sharma
Ans (c)
Related Facts:
 On 20 October 2015 Indian batting legend Virender Sehwag
announced his retirement from all the formats of international
cricket (Test, ODI and T20) and the Indian Premier League.
 On the occasion of his 37th birthday, Virender Sehwag popularly
known as The Nawab of Najafgarh and Zen Master of Modern
Cricket made this announcement just before he signed up to play in
the next year’s Masters Champions League 2020.
 In Masters Champions League only cricketers who retired from all
the formats of the game can play.
 He had started his international cricket career in 1999 after he
played his first One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan in
Mohali.
 He had played 251 ODI matches and 245 innings with scoring 8273 runs at strike rate of 104.33.
 He played his last ODI match on 3 January 2013 against Pakistan in Calcutta.
 He started his test career in 3-6 November 2001 against South Africa playing 180 innings in 104 matches and
scoring 8586 runs at a strike rate of 82.23. He played his last test match against Australia between 2-3 March
2013.
 He made 394 runs in 18 innings of 19 Twenty20 matches at a strike rate of 154.78
 Right Arm Off spinner Sehwag took 40 wickets in 91 Innings of 104 Test matches and gave 1894 runs whereas in
ODI he took 96 wickets in 146 innings of 251 matches and gave 3853 runs.
 On 26 March 2008 his highest score of 319 was against South Africa. It was also the fastest triple century in the
history of international cricket he reached 300 runs only in 278 balls.
 On 28 March 2004, he scored his first triple century of 309 runs in 375 balls against Pakistan in Multan,
achieving the fame as “Multan ka Sultan”.
 After Brian Lara and Chris Gayle of the West Indies, Donald Bradman of Australia , Virender Sehwag is fourth
and only Indian player to reach 300 twice.
 On 8 December 2011 His highest score of 219 in 149 balls, was made against the West Indies at the Holkar
Cricket Stadium in Indore.
 Sehwag’s 100 runs in 60 balls in year 2009 was fastest century made by any Indian cricketer but currently this
record is held by Virat Kohli (100 runs, 52 balls).
 In domestic cricket he played for Delhi and Haryana, In IPL he played for both Kings XI Punjab and Delhi
Daredevils.
 He was awarded with Arjuna Award (2002), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2008, 2009, ICC Test Player
of the Year 2010, Padma Shree (2010) and ESPN Cricinfo Awards in 2011.
Reference:
http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/news/11325/virender-sehwag-announces-retirement
http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/press-releases/11330/bcci-congratulates-sehwag-on-glowing-career
http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/news/11327/virender-sehwags-retirement-statement
http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/35263.html
Shashank Manohar
Ques: Mr. Shashank Manohar was elected as the President of Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) after a
special general meeting at the Board’s Headquarters in Mumbai. Previously he was BCCI President during which
period?
a. Year 2009- 2012
b. Year 2008- 2011
c. Year 2010- 2013
d. Year 2006- 2010
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 4, 2015, Mr. Shashank Manohar was elected as the President of Board of Cricket for Control in India
(BCCI) after a special general meeting at the Board’s Headquarters in Mumbai.

He took over the post of Jagmohan Dalmia who recently died on September, 2015.

This will be his second term as BCCI President.

He was the board president earlier during 2008-2011 and was made acting president in 2013.

Associated with Vidarbh Cricket Association, Shashank Manohar term will end in 2017.
Reference:
http://www.bcci.tv/news/2015/news/11084/shashank-manohar-promises-reforms-within-bcci
http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/371422.html
Places
Walong
Ques: Recently, Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) of Indian Air Force became operational, it is located ina. Arunachal Pradesh
b. Mizoram
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Tamil Nadu
Ans: a
Related facts:

On October 23, 2015 Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at
Walong was inaugurated by Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar, Air
Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force.

Walong ALG was operational during 1962 Chinese aggression.

Thereafter, it remained abandoned for a long time till it was decided in 2013 to reconstruct the ALG to make it
fully Air Operational.

The project was completed in a record time of 21 months.

The Walong ALG will support Air Operations and will also facilitate the administration in the management of
border areas.

Located in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, Walong was one of the theatres of battle during the India-China
war.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/508315/arunachal-air-strip-operational-once.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/IAF-opens-Walong-Advanced-Landing-Ground/articleshow/49514768.cms
DRDO’s Missile Complex named after Abdul Kalam
Question: Recently, a Missile complex named after Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam is locateda. Bengaluru
c. Vishakhapatnam
b. Hyderabad
d. Jodhpur
Ans (b)
Related facts:
 On 15 October 2015 Defence Research Development
Organization's (DRDO’s) Missile Complex in Hyderabad has been renamed as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile
Complex.
 It was renamed after late President and Missile Man A P J Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his 84th birth
anniversary in a ceremony presided by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
 The Hyderabad Missile Complex is considered to be the brain child of Dr Kalam. It comprises Advanced Systems
Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
 Dr Kalam had joined Missile Complex in 1982 and was a part of it for nearly two decades.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128688
First State to Firm up Private Investments in Affordable Housing
Question: Which is the first State to Firm up Private Investments in Affordable Housing?
a. Madhya Pradesh
c. Rajasthan
b. Karnataka
d. Kerala
Ans (c)
Related facts:

On 13 October Rajasthan government has signed four MoUs
firming up an investment of Rs 5,400 crore to promote
affordable housing in the state.

Rajasthan is First State to Firm up Private Investments in Affordable Housing.

These MoUs are a part of 27 MoUs signed by the state entailing an investment of Rs 12,478 crore in housing and
urban development projects in Jaipur.

Of these, 14 of the MoUs will bring in an investment of Rs 9,273 crore into housing projects.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu (Minister of Urban Development) and chief minister of state Vasundhara Raje were present
at the event.

No of MoUs signed – 27 in which 4 are from affordable housing.

Rs.2000cr will be invested by Tata Housing Development Company Ltd in affordable and mixed use township
over an area of 10.12 hectares.

A MoU was signed between the state government and Mahima Real Estate Private Ltd for affordable housing
and group housing by investing an amount of Rs.1, 700cr.

National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) and Wish Empire who have undertaken to invest Rs.500 cr
each in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan was the first state to submit AMRUT action plan to the Ministry of Urban Development, first to
identify 40 cities for taking up housing projects under Housing for All Mission in urban areas and the first state
to ensure complete convergence in implementing Smart City Mission, Atal Mission (AMRUT), Heritage Mission
and Housing Mission.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=41363
Chang La
Ques: The DRDO inaugurated the world's highest terrestrial R&D centre recently. The research center is
established in which of the following state?
a. Himachal Pradesh
b. Jammu & Kashmir
c. Arunanchal Pradesh
d. Meghalaya
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 3, 2015 The DRDO inaugurated an Extreme Altitude
Research Centre at Chang La in Jammu and Kashmir the
world's highest terrestrial R&D centre.

The centre, 75 km off Leh town towards Pangong lake, is
poised to be the world's highest terrestrial R&D centre 17,600
ft above the sea level.

The research center has been established for research and development on Earth.

It has been established by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a constituent establishment of
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

It is established to study large number of life sciences activities including human physiological work, long term
conservation of plant genetic resources, designing, testing, validation and demonstration of mobile and portable
greenhouses, soil-less micro-farming technologies for fresh food in remote landlocked posts besides
conservation and propagation of endangered extreme altitude medicinal plants and others.

Also Research & Development work in frontal areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well
being of the soldiers deployed in high-altitude cold desert.

Usually the temperature goes as low as -40 degrees Celsius during extreme winter months coupled with
reduced atmospheric pressure and humidity besides high wind velocity and UV radiation.

Besides undertaking life sciences activities, may provide unique opportunity to other labs and establishments of
DRDO for testing and evaluation of electronics and communication devices, testing of materials for high altitude
applications, batteries, fuel cells, UAV's micro engines among others.
Reference:
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/at-17-600-ft-drdo-inaugurates-new-r-d-centre-in-chang-la115100300789_1.html
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/at-17600-ft-drdo-inaugurates-new-rd-centre-injk/articleshow/49209430.cms
Awards & Honours
Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award
Question: Who has been selected for the 2015 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award?
a. Ban Ki moon
b. Kofi Annan
c. Malala Yousafzai
d. Kailash Satyarthi
Ans (d)
Related facts:

Kailash Satyarthi had been selected for the prestigious 2015
Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award.

He has been awarded this award in recognition for fighting for
the cause of child reform and ending all forms of violence against children.

It is an annual award given by Harvard University, USA.

It recognize the works and deeds individuals who have improved the quality of lives and inspired people to
greater heights.

This award is given annually since the year 1984.

In 2014 it was given to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and to Malala Yousafzai in 2013.
Reference:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/#/?i=2
http://www.thehindu.com/news/satyarthi-gets-harvard-humanitarian-of-the-year-award/article7773292.ece
Confucius Peace Prize- 2015
Question: Recently whose name was announced for the Confucius peace prize 2015?
(a) Bill Gates
(b) Ban Ki-moon
(c) Robert Mugabe
(d) Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
Ans- (c)
Related Facts:

On 22 October, 2015 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been awarded with Chinese's prestigious
Confucius Peace Prize 2015 by China.

He has been chosen for this award for his hard work to bring political and economic order to the country and to
improve the welfare of the Zimbabwean people by overcoming hardship.

It is notable that the Confucius Peace Prize was established in 2010 by China’s Communist Government after it
was angered by Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to imprison Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

It is notable that the former president of Cuba and Communist leaders Fidel Castro was the recipient of
Confucius Peace Prize- 2014.

He was elected as Prime Minister in 1980 and served in that office till 1987.

In December 1987, He became Zimbabwe’s first President and since then he is in office for past 28 years.

In January 2015, he was appointed as Chairman of African Union (AU).
Reference:
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-10-22/longtime-zimbabwean-dictator-robert-mugabe-wins-chinese-peace-prize
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius_Peace_Prize
http://cp.au.int/en/biography
Man Booker Prize-2015
Question: Name the Novel writer who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize?
a. Sanjeev Sahota
b. Marlon James
c. Tom McCarthy
d. Chigozie Obiome
Ans (b)
Related facts:
 On October 2015, this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize
winner was announced.
 Jamaican writer Marlon James has been named the winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2015 for his novel A
Brief History of Seven Killings.
 His novel 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' is a fictionalized history on the attempted murder of the reggae
singer, Bob Marley, in 1976.
 In the history of 47 years it is the first Booker Prize to be won by a Jamaican and the first for its independent
publisher One World Publications.
 Novel has 686-page, in which more than 75 pictures has been characterized.
 James was honoured with the prize money of 50000 Pound, a trophy and a designer bound edition of his book.
He was also awarded with additional 2500 Pound for being shortlisted for the prize.
 First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognized as the leading award for high quality literary fiction
written in English.
 Mr. James’s book was chosen from a shortlist of seven writers, who included the bookies favorite, Hanya
Yanagihara for 'A Little Life', and the British writer of Indian origin Sanjeev Sahota for 'The Year of the
Runaways'.
Reference:
http://themanbookerprize.com/man-booker-prize-2015
http://themanbookerprize.com/news/brief-history-seven-killings-wins-2015-man-booker-prize
Justin Trudeau
Question: Justin Trudeau has been elected as 23rd Prime
Minister of Canada belongs to which party?
(a) Liberal Party
(b) Conservative Party
(c) New Democratic Party
(d) Bloc Quebecois
Ans (a)
Related Facts:

Justin Trudeau of Liberal Party has been elected as 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.

In the 2015 Canadian Federal election, Liberal Party has emerged victorious by winning 185 seats (54% votes) in
338 member House of Commons. Only 170 seats were needed to get the majority.

Conservative Party led by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has emerged as largest opposition party by
winning 99 seats by securing 29% votes.

Justin Trudeau (age 43 years) became the second youngest Prime Minister of Canada

Earlier, Joe Clark was first youngest Canada's Prime Minister.
Reference:
http://enr.elections.ca/PartyLeaders.aspx?lang=e
http://enr.elections.ca/National.aspx?lang=e
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/20/justin-trudeau-set-to-become-pm-as-liberals-sweep-board-in-canadaelection
https://www.liberal.ca/meet-justin/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Trudeau
Kartik Chandran
Question: Who among the following Indo-American associate professor won the 2015 MacArthur 'Genius Grant'?
a. Kartik Chandran
b. Navin Bandopadhyay
c. Kiran Chandrashekar
d. Maruthi Malpade
Ans (a)
Related Facts:

On 29 September 2015, In the US the MacArthur Foundation announced the
name of 24 talented people for the MacArthur Fellowship.

Kartik Chandran, an Indian-American associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia
University has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow with a "Genius Grant" of $625,000 (Approx. 4 Crore
Rupee).

For working on a novel solution to the world's need for food, clean water and energy.

Chandran has earned a BS (1995) from the IIT Roorkee and PhD in 1999 from the University of Connecticut (US).

This fellowship is given to group of 24-25 talented people who have demonstrated dedication and exceptional
originality to their creative pursuits.
Reference:
https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2015/
https://www.macfound.org/fellows/930/
Onsari Gharti Magar
Question: Recently, who has been elected as the first female president in Nepal's parliament?
a. Amrita Thapa Magar
b. Binda Pandey
c. Basanti Devi Jha
d. Onsari Gharti Magar
Ans (d)
Related facts:

Oct 16, 2015- UCPN (Maoist) candidate Onsari Gharti Magar was elected unopposed as the House speaker.

Gharti has become the first female speaker in Nepal’s parliamentary history.

She was the former Deputy Speaker.

She had served as Minister for Youth and Sports in the Cabinet led by Jhala Nath Khanal.

Nepal's Constituent Assembly was converted into the legislative Parliament after the promulgation of the
Constitution on September 20, 2015.
Reference:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-10-16/onsari-elected-first-woman-speaker.html
Nobel Prize-2015
Question: The organization National Dialogue Quarter (NDQ) wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for its decisive
contribution in building pluralistic democracy, this organization belongs to which country?
a. Syria
b. Tunisia
c. Yemen
d. Libya
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

World’s most prestigious Award “Nobel Prize 2015” has
announced for the year 2015 in the month of October.

Nobel Prizes 2015 was announced by the Nobel Assembly from
5 October to 12 October 2015. The prizes were announced in
different sections, namely Physics, Chemistry, Physiology,
Literature, Peace and Economics.

Nobel Prizes are established in 1895 in accordance with the
will of Alfred Nobel.

The Nobel Prize is given from the 10 lakh pounds permanent fund that world famous scientist and inventor of
Dynamite, Alfred Nobel had established.

The prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine were first awarded in 1901.

The related Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was established by Sweden's central bank in 1968 on
its 300th anniversary.

This award is funded by the Bank of Sweden.

All Nobel laureates will receive the prize on December 10, 2015 on the anniversary of prize founder Alfred
Nobel’s death.

The prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the peace prize which is awarded in Oslo, Norway.
List of Nobel Prize Winners 2015
Nobel Prize for Medicine:

Three scientists Youyou Tu (China), Satoshi Omura (Japan) and William Campbell (Ireland) have won 2015 Nobel
Prize for Physiology or Medicine

William Campbell and Satoshi Omura: Both biochemists have won half of the Nobel Prize for their discoveries
concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.

Youyou Tu: She was awarded the other half of the prize for discovering artemisinin (also known as Qinghaosu) a
drug that has reduced malaria deaths and has become the mainstay of fighting the mosquito-borne disease. She
is the 13th woman to win Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine and became first Chinese woman laureate.

Nobel Prize in Physics:

Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur B. McDonald (Canada) have jointly won the prestigious 2015 Nobel Prize in
Physics.

They jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that
neutrinos have mass.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry:

Tomas Lindahl (United Kingdom), Paul Modrich (US) and Aziz Sancar (US) have jointly won 2015 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry.

They jointly awarded with the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for having mapped how cells repair damaged DNA
and safeguard the genetic information at a molecular level.
Nobel Prize in Literature:

Journalist and prose writer Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus has been selected for prestigious 2015 Nobel Prize in
Literature.

She won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our
time,”.
Nobel Peace Prize:

Nobel Peace Prize 2015 awarded to Tunisian mediator group, National Dialogue Quartet (NDQ).

NDQ is given for its decisive contribution in building pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the 2011
Jasmine Revolution.

NDQ consists following 4 organizations:

Tunisian civil society

Tunisian General Labor Union

Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts

Tunisian Human Rights League

Tunisian Order of Lawyers
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences:

Angus Deaton, a British economist, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics.

He has awarded for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.
Reference:
http://www.nobelprize.org/
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/year/
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economic-sciences/
http://www.nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/biographical/
Forbes India Leadership Awards- 2015
Ques: Which entrepreneur was awarded recently with Entrepreneur for the Year award in 'Forbes Leadership
Awards- 2015'?
a. Uday Kotak
b. CP Gurnani
c. Uday Shankar
d. Samit Ghosh
Ans: a
Relatede facts:

September 30, 2015 ‘Forbes India Leadership Awards- 2015 was distributed at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Following people was awarded this year in different category-

Entrepreneur for the year 2015- Uday Kotak (Executive vice chairman & MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank)

Best CEO - Private sector- CP Gurnani (CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra Ltd)

Best CEO - Public sector- Arundhati Bhattacharya (Chairman, State Bank of India)

Best CEO – MNC- Uday Shankar (CEO, Star India Pvt. Ltd)

Outstanding Startup- OLA

Conscious Capitalist for the Year- Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) and Godrej
Consumer Products - (Joint Winner)

NextGen Entrepreneur- Siddhartha Lal (MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd)

Entrepreneur with Social Impact- Samit Ghosh (CEO & MD, Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited)

Lifetime Achievement- RC Bhargava (- Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd)

Important to know that Forbes India Leadership Awards were awarded for the first time in 2011.

Forbes India Leadership Awards seeks to honour, includes individuals and organizations who have achieved
success through their vision, foresight, and business ethics.
Reference:
http://forbesindia.com/awards/leadership/
http://forbesindia.com/awards/leadership/winner2015.html
Right Livelihood Award 2015
Ques: When 'Right Livelihood Awards' established?
a. 1970
b. 1980
c. 1990
d. 2000
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 1, 2015 Right Livelihood Awards which is also known
as 'Alternative Nobel Prize' were announced.

Inuit and Arctic activist Sheila Watt Cloutier of Canada won the 2015 Right Livelihood Award.

The jury recognized Sheila Watt Cloutier (Canada) for her lifelong work to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and
defend their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture, which are acutely threatened by climate change.

She shared the prize with Ugandan activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who fights for the rights of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexual (LGBTI) communities.

The Jury also recognized Gino Strada, co-founder of EMERGENCY, (Italy) for his great humanity and skill in
providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly
addressing the causes of war.

The 2015 Right Livelihood Honorary Award given to Tony De Brum and The People of the Marshall Islands.

This was the recognition of their vision and courage to take legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to
honor their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament and are often
referred to as ‘Alternative Nobel Prizes’.

They were introduced “to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent
challenges facing us today.

The laureates will share the 3-million-kronor (about Rs. 2.3 crore) cash prize.

Important to know that the laureate of the Honorary Awards does not include prize money.
Reference:
http://www.rightlivelihood.org/fileadmin/Files/PDF/Press_releases/2015/English/20151001_Press_Release_Announcement_
EN.pdf
http://www.rightlivelihood.org/press-room.html
http://www.rightlivelihood.org/laureates.html?&no_cache=1
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/right-livelihood-award-for-inuit-activist/article7713955.ece
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize-2015
Ques: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize is awarded for which of the following area?
a. Medical
b. Science
c. Biotechnology
d. Science and Technology
Ans: d
Related facts:

September 26, 2015 the government announced ‘Shanti Swarup
Bhatnagar Prize' (SSB) for Science and Technology.

This annual award is given by the Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR).

11 scientists from 7 different areas will be awarded.

The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Shanti
Swarup Bhatnagar. It was first awarded in 1958.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Indian work in Science and Technology.

The award is provided to Indian citizens, Overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
working in India.

list of recipients are as follows-

Biological Sciences- Dr. Balasubramanian Gopal- Bangaluru, Dr. Rajeev Kumar Varshney- Hyderabad

Chemical Sciences- Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy- Pune, Dr. Pradyut Ghosh- Kolkata

Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences- Dr. Jyotiranjan Srichandan Ray-Ahemdabad

Mathematical Sciences- Dr. K Sandeep- Bangaluru, Dr. Ritabrata Munshi- Mumbai

Engineering Sciences- Dr. Yogesh Moreshwar Joshi- Kanpur

Medical Sciences- Dr. Vidita Ashok Vaidya- Mumbai

Physical Sciences- Dr. Bedangadas Mohanty (Odisha), Dr. Mandar Madhukar Deshmukh-Mumbai
Reference:
http://ssbprize.gov.in/Content/AwardeeList.aspx
http://ssbprize.gov.in/WriteReadData/LatestUpdates/201509260219379867171ssb_awardees2015.pdf
http://ssbprize.gov.in/Content/prizes.aspx
Pride of Britain Awards 2015
Ques: Dee Patel, who was in the news recently, is the citizen of a. England
b. USA
c. Japan
d. France
Ans: a
Related facts:

September 28, 2015, the 17th Pride of Britain Awards- 2015 was
announced.

British citizen of Indian origin Dee Patel was awarded the 'Pride of
Britain Awards 2015' for the Outstanding Bravery in the adventure
category.

May 18, 2015 he saved a life of a woman in a car accident.

The Pride of Britain Awards was founded by Peter Willis in 1999.

The award is given to British people who have shown immense
bravery in the hours of crisis.

Other awardees are as follows:
 Child of Courage - Bailey Matthews
 Lidl Young Fundraiser - Amelia Gebruers
 Teacher of the Year - Elaine Wyllie
 Prince’s Trust Achiever - Duane Jackson
 Special Recognition - Joanne and Dan Thompson
 Good Morning Britain Local Hero - Alice Burke
 Special Recognition - British Ebola Aid Effort
 Emergency Services - Major David Cooper, Tom Waters and Dr Ben Clark
 Child of Courage - Joshua Williamson
 Outstanding Bravery - Peter Fuller
 Special Recognition - Fred and Vivienne Morgan
 Special Recognition - Jess Evans and Mike Houlston
 Teenager of Courage - Sohana Collins
Reference:
http://www.prideofbritain.com/winners-2015
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-09-28/pride-of-britain-awards-the-2015-winners/
Operation & Campaign
Exercise Malabar –2015
Question: Which of the following country's naval armies were participated in 19 th edition of 'Exercise Malabar
2015'?
a. India, America and Sri Lanka
b. India, America and Maldives
c. India , America and Israel
d. India ,America and Japan
Ans (d)
Related Facts:
 MALABAR-15, the 19th edition of the exercise, was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 14 -19 October 2015.
 In this exercise Indian Navy and the US Naval Forces, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)
participated.
 This exercise Initiated in 1992, as a bilateral exercise between the Indian and US Navies in which
Japan was invited to participate.
 The 18th edition of the exercise was held in the Western Pacific in July 2014 in which Japanese Maritime Self
Defense Force (JMSDF) was invited to participate.
Reference:
http://indiannavy.nic.in/hi/node/4432
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128755
http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/pr101415.html
http://news.usni.org/2015/10/16/u-s-india-and-japan-participating-in-annual-malabar-exercise-in-bay-of-bengal
Operation Vatsalya
Question: Recently which state had launched Operation Vatsalya, an intensive program?
a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Rajasthan
c. Tamilnadu
d. Kerala
Ans (d)
Related facts:

“Operation Vatsalya”, has been launched in Wayanad district of Kerala state.

This intensive program being organized jointly by the police and Social Justice Departments.

This Operation is launched to trace missing or abandoned children.

The project was launched in the State following the success of Operation Smile, a similar project implemented in
Ghaziabad.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/operation-vatsalya-launched-to-track-missing-children/article7755677.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/operation-vatsalya-to-trace-missing-children/article7663670.ece
Indo-China Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2015
Question: Choose the correct pair of countries which recently performed the joint military exercise named “Hand
in Hand”.
(a) India- USA
(b) China- USA
(c) India – China
(d) India –Sri Lanka
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

India-China Joint Military Training Exercise Hand in Hand 2015
will be conducted at Kunming Military Academy of Yunnan
province in China from 12 to 22 October 2015.

It will be the fifth joint military exercise in the Hand-in-Hand series between armies of both countries which had
started in 2007.

Its first Edition in year 2007 was held at Yunnan Province in China.

Its fourth edition was held in 2014 at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra.

The joint Hand-in-Hand counterterrorism exercises between India and China started on Monday, following the
arrival in Kunming of 175 personnel from the Naga Regiment of the Eastern Command. An equal number of
Chinese personnel from the Chengdu based 14 corps are participating in the maneuvers.

This year’s annual exercise kicked off with addresses at Kunming’s Dabanqiao Training Base by Lieutenant
General Surinder Singh, Head of Observers Delegation, and Ashok K. Kantha, India’s ambassador to China, and
Lieutenant General Zhou Xiaozhou from China.

It broadens and strengthens interoperability and cooperation between armies of both countries as well as
complement a number of other exchanges between the two forces.

It will also cover aspect of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief at formation headquarters level.

This edition of exercise will lay emphasis on joint handling of insurgency at sub-unit level and related issues.

The curriculum of exercise has been planned progressively in order to make participants to get familiar with
each other’s organizational structure, weapons, equipment and tactical drills.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128642
http://www.indianembassy.org.cn/newsDetails.aspx?NewsId=705
https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/handhand2015?source=feed_text&story_id=426468580883110
26th 'Coordinated Patrol' (CORPAT) Bilateral Maritime Exercise
Ques: 26th Indian Navy attended the 'Coordinated Patrol' (CORPAT) bilateral maritime exercises recently. This
practice is done jointly with which of the following country's navy?
a. Germany
b. Japan
c. Indonesia
d. Sri Lanka
Ans: c
Related facts:

Indian Navy joined the 26th 'Coordinated Patrol'
(CORPAT) bilateral maritime exercise with Indonesian
navy scheduled during 3-21 October, 2015.

The bilateral exercise is scheduled in Indonesian naval port Belawan.

Under the broad ambit of this strategic partnership, the two navies have been carrying out Coordinated
Patrolling (CORPAT) along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002.

The aim is to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and
international trade.

INS Saryu, an indigenously built NOPV based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command shall participate in the
26th edition of the coordinated patrol (CORPAT) being held this year.

The expanded version of the CORPAT is the first ever bilateral exercise element embedded.

The Bilateral Maritime Exercise and the CORPAT would see participation by one warship and one Maritime
Patrol Aircraft from both sides.

Inaugural India-Indonesia Bilateral Maritime Exercise, is scheduled from 17-18 Oct 15 in the Andaman Sea.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128415
http://indiannavy.nic.in/press-release/india-indonesia-participating-bilateral-maritime-exercise-corpat-2015
http://navaltoday.com/2015/10/05/ins-saryu-engages-in-26th-corpat/
http://www.uniindia.com/india-indonesia-to-hold-joint-maritime-exercise/national/news/222196.html
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/geo-strategic-push-inaugural-india-indonesia-bilateral-maritimeexercise-from-october-17/articleshow/49205892.cms
Mitra Shakti
Ques: Recently, joint military exercises held between India and Sri Lanka is calleda. MITRA SHAKTI
c. INDUS-2015
b. Exercise Ekuverin
d. AUSINDEX -2015
Ans: a
Related facts:

Indo Sri Lanka Joint Exercise 'MITRA SHAKTI 2015'
Commenced from September 29, 2015.

This is in continuation with the series of Joint Exercise between India and Sri Lanka to build Military to Military
co-operation and interoperability.

Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2015 is being conducted at Aundh Camp, Pune.

This is the third joint training exercise between of India and Sri Lanka armies.

The aim of the joint training is to share the best military practices and promoting healthy military to military
relations between the two Armies and developing joint strategies by sharing expertise of conducting operations.

The exercise is planned for duration of 14 days with the basic objective of enhancing confidence and trust.

Senior military observers of both the countries will be attending the final Tactical Exercise on 10 and 11 Oct
2015.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128223
http://idrw.org/anti-terror-ops-focus-of-joint-india-sri-lanka-army-exercise/
http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/indo-sri-lanka-joint-exercise-mitra-shakti-2015-tocommence-from-115092700532_1.html
INS Trikand Visits Istanbul, Turkey
Ques: Which of the following country produces INS Trikand?
a. USA
b. Russia
c. France
d. England
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 4, 2015 as a part of Indian Navy’s overseas deployment
to West Asia, Africa and Europe, INS Trikand entered Istanbul
for a three day visit.

The visiting ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet.

INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Vinay Kalia, is a state-of-the-art warship of the Indian Navy.

This is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors capable of addressing threats in all the three
dimensions – air, surface and sub-surface.

The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries and to
strengthen the existing bonds between India and Turkey.

Indian naval ships are regularly deployed as part of the Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’
and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries as well as to address maritime concerns of
the region including piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128420
http://indiannavy.nic.in/hi/node/1821
Commission & Committee
Expert committee constituted to revisit IAS exam pattern
Ques: Who is the chairman of the committee constituted recently to revisit the Civil Service examination pattern?
(a) Mr. Anand Prakash
(b) Mr. B.S. Baswan
(c) Ms. Naini Jayaseelan
(d) Mr. Sanjay kumar Srivastava
Ans: b
Related facts:

September 27, 2015 the Union Minister Jitendra Singh disclosed to constitute an expert committee to revisit the
IAS / Civil Services examination pattern.

The committee will revisit the entire pattern, syllabus and eligibility criteria for Civil Services examination.

The committee will be chaired by Chhattisgarh cadre IAS Officer B. S. Baswan.

The primary objective of providing a level playing field to aspirants from diverse streams of curriculum like
mathematics, engineering, medicine or humanities and at the same time, also ensuring that the youngsters who
took up IAS as a career possess a genuine aptitude for administrative job.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128221
http://www.ptinews.com/news/6547917_Govt-forms-panel-to-review-UPSC-exam-pattern-
National Institutional Ranking Framework launched
Ques: Recently, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for educational institutions launched. What
are the numbers of parameters?
a. 3
b. 4
c. 5
d. 6
Ans: c
Related facts:

September 29, 2015 Union HRD Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani Launched National Institutional Ranking
Framework Document and Webportal.

This would meet a felt need for a framework that would enable parents, students, teachers, educational
institutions and other stakeholders to rank institutions on the basis of a set of objective parameters and a
transparent process.

The parameters are under the five broad headingsI.
Teaching learning and resources
II.
Research, consulting and collaborative performance
III.
Graduation outcomes
IV.
Outreach and inclusivity
V.
Perception

Right now these frameworks are available for engineering and management institutes.

This will be extended to other disciplines like architecture, pharmacy and humanities and for universities from
next month.

This is India's first framework associated with educational institutions to provide rankings
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128314
https://www.nirfindia.org/Home
Planning & Project
e-Sahyog and PAN camps
Question: Recently launched Project e-Sahyog aims to facilitate common people in which of the following field?
(a) Ease in the payment of outstanding electricity bill
(b) For the convenience of taxpayers
(c) To facilitate Rationing system for the poor
(d) To provide clean water in the village
Ans (b)
Related facts:

On 27 October 2015, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched two initiatives e-Sahyog and PAN camps which aims
to facilitate taxpayers.

These two initiatives of the Income Tax Department are launched to make taxpaying process easy and simple.

Though it is a pilot project launched by Income tax department, it aims to reduce compliance cost, especially for
small taxpayers and provide an online mechanism to them.

This scheme also aims at the expansion of PAN (Permanent Account Number) card holders.

Under this initiative special camps will be held for two days at 43 remote, semi urban and rural locations across
the country.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=130000
http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-arun-jaitley-launched-e-sahyog-pan-camps-to-improve-services-of-income-taxdepartment-2139160
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Arun-Jaitley-to-launch-two-initiatives-of-taxdepartment/articleshow/49543894.cms
Green India Mission Plans of Four States Approved
Ques: October 9, 2015 the National Executive Council (NEC) for Green India Mission Approved the Green India
Mission Plans of Four States. The four states are(a) Mizoram, Manipur, Kerala, Jharkhand
(b) Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Manipur, Mizoram
(c) Jharkhand, Kerala, Bihar, Tamil Nadu
(d) Manipur, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab
Ans: a
Related facts:
 The second meeting of National Executive Council (NEC) of the
National Mission for a Green India (GIM) held in New Delhi.
 In this meeting NEC approved the Perspective Plans & Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) submitted by four
States - Mizoram, Manipur, Jharkhand and Kerala.
 The meeting was attended by the members of NEC, inter-ministerial experts, Mission Director, Principal Chief
Conservator of Forest (PCCFs) and State nodal officers from four States.
 The meeting was chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Shri Ashok
Lavasa.
 The Perspective Plans of all four States, with a total financial outlay of Rs. 90, 202.68 lakh for a Plan period of 5
to 10 years were approved, along with APOs of Rs.11, 195.32 lakh for this financial year.
 The total forest and non-forest area taken up in these four States under GIM during the total plan period will be
1, 08, 335 hectares (ha) out of which 81, 939 ha will be improving the density of existing forests and 16, 396 ha
will be new areas.
 For the current financial year, it will be 28, 250 ha and 7, 827 ha respectively.
 Approval has been granted for alternative energy devices such as biogas, solar devices, LPG, biomass-based
systems and improved stoves for 27, 032 households for the current financial year and 81, 233 households for
the total plan period.
 This will help in reducing pressure on forests, gaining carbon benefits, along with health and other associated
benefits.
 GIM, one of the eight Missions outlined under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC),
acknowledges the influence that forests have on environmental amelioration though climate change mitigation,
food security, water security, biodiversity conservation and livelihood security of forest dependent
communities.
 The mission hinges on decentralized participatory approach involving grass root level organizations and
community in planning, decision making, implementation and monitoring with emphasis on landscape approach
and convergence with complementary schemes and programmes for better coordination in developing forests
and their fringe areas in a holistic and sustainable manner.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128649
http://www.envfor.nic.in/hi/node/4782
‘Swadhar Greh’ scheme
Question: Which state government recently approved Swadhar Grah Scheme?
a. Rajasthan
c. Madhya Pradesh
b. Haryana
d. Kerala
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

The Haryana Government on 18 October 2015 gave its approval to Swadhar
Greh scheme.

This will assure economic and social security to women in distress. The
scheme aims at creating a supportive institutional framework catering to their primary needs in difficult
situations.

The scheme will work upon providing basic amenities, such as shelter, food, clothing and health along with
economic and social security to women in distress.

It also acts as a support system which understands and meets various requirements of women in distress by
rehabilitating them economically and emotionally. This benefit is available to women above 18 years of age.

This scheme cover women in situations like deserted women, survivors of natural disaster, prisoners released
from jail without family, victims of domestic violence ,women facing litigation on account of marital disputes,
women affected by HIV/AIDS etc.

Under the scheme, Swadhar Greh will be set up in every district with capacity to accommodate 30 women.
Reference:
http://wcd.nic.in/Guidelines7815.pdf
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/haryana-govt-gives-its-nod-to-swadhar-greh-scheme-for-women115101800519_1.html
http://www.patrika.com/news/states/swadhar-greh-a-scheme-for-women-in-difficult-circumstances-1122929/
The Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand name NXT
DIGITAL
Question: NXT Digital brand name HITS platform has been launched by which group?
(a) Reliance Group
(b) Tata Group
(c) Hinduja group
(d) Bharti Group
Ans (C)
Related facts:

On 16 September 2015 Corporate Affairs and Ministry of
Information & Broadcasting today launched the Head and In
The Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand name
NXT DIGITAL promoted by Hinduja Group.

This would provide viewers access to over 500 television channels of their choice - international, national,
regional and local; besides a host of other services like e-applications and TV everywhere.

Customers in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka will now have greater access to
channels of their choice with other states soon joining in.

The platform is expected to give a fillip to the Digital India initiative and Make In India mission.

The NXT DIGITAL Broadcast Centre is a state-of-the-art next-generation MPEG-4 facility that has been designed
and purpose-built to provide a variety of services to the cable distribution fraternity and their customers all
across India.

Through NXT DIGITAL’s uniquely designed and assembled COPE (Cable Operators Premises Equipment),
Digitalizing of Indian cities and the space of broadcast distribution would help India register quantum growth.

Head-and-in-the-sky (HITS) platform to distribute a satellite communication. It was introduced in India in
November 2009.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=126954
http://digitalindiamib.com/hits.pdf
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/hinduja-ventures-to-invest-rs-5000-crore-indigital-space/articleshow/48989469.cms
http://www.businesstoday.in/current/corporate/fm-arun-jaitley-hits-service-hinduja-pegs-outlay-rs-5k-cr/story/223821.html
Setting up of India Sign Language Research and Training Centre
Question: Under which Ministry Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre will Work?
a. Ministry of Human Resource Development
b. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
c. Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation
d. Ministry of Home Affairs
Ans (b)
Related facts:

On 22 September 2015, The Union Cabinet chaired by the
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training
Centre (ISLRTC).

It is set up as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

The ISLRTC will be under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of
Social Justice & Empowerment.

It shall be located initially at the Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi.

This decision will help the five million deaf community of the country. It shall provide for increased accessibility
for the hearing impaired in education, in the workplace and in all activities of public life.

The Centre will be a Society consisting of a President and 12 Members in the General Council

There will be an Executive Council consisting of a Chairperson and nine Members, some Ex-officio and others, as
experts from National Level Organizations of the Deaf/Universities/Academic Institutions and independent
experts in Indian Sign Language (ISL)

The Centre will lead the way in academic development, training and propagation of the Indian Sign Language.

Development of sign language interpreters, Research and Development and new technology will be the focus
area of the Centre. It will provide equal opportunities to hearing impaired persons to fully participate in every
sphere of life.
Reference:
http://pib.gov.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=40016
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/mbErel.aspx?relid=127079
http://pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/setting-up-of-india-sign-language-research-and-training-centre/
M-Sehat Project Launched
Ques: "M-Sehat project was launched recently in which of the following state for effective monitoring to
minimize mother-infant mortality rate?
a. Madhya Pradesh
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Rajasthan
d. Kerala
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 13, 2015 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav launched the M-Sehat project of SIFSA for
effective monitoring to minimize mother-infant mortality rate.

This is the world's largest pilot project on a basis of mobile-based information, communication and technology.

Primary motive of the project is to strengthen front-line workers ('Asha', 'ANM') to minimize mother-infant
mortality rate.

Under this project Smart phones were provided to 'Asha' workers.

Under the project health and family welfare services will also reach far-flung areas and interiors.

As a pilot project in the first phase the project will be implemented in five districts - Bareilly, Kannauj, Mirzapur,
Sitapur and Faizabad.
Reference:
http://information.up.nic.in/View_engnews.aspx?id=758
Union Cabinet approved the construction of a National War Memorial and
a National War Museum
Ques: October 7, 2015 Union Cabinet approved the construction of a National War Memorial and a National War
Museum. It is proposed to build ata. Ahmadabad
b. New Delhi
c. Mumbai
d. Jammu & Kashmir
Ans: b
Related facts:

October 7, 2015 Union Cabinet approved the construction of a National War Memorial and a National War
Museum.

It will be constructed at Princess Park, near India Gate, New Delhi.

It is notable that these memorial and museum are constructing in the memory of more than 22,500 soldiers
have made the supreme sacrifice for sovereignty and integrity of the country after 69 years of Independence.

The estimated cost of the project will be around Rs. 500 crore and the estimated time to be almost five years.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128493
Green Highways Policy- 2015
Ques: When was Green Highways Policy- 2015 launched?
(a) 29 September, 2015
(b) 28 September, 2015
(c) 27 September, 2015
(d) 1 October, 2015
Ans: a
Related facts:

29 September, 2015 Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the Green Highways (Plantation,
Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy, 2015.

In financial year 2015-16 1% of the total project cost of all highways about Rs. 1000 crore will be available for
plantation purpose.

There will be strong monitoring mechanism in place by using ISRO’s 'Bhuvan' and 'GAGAN' satellite systems.

The aim of the policy is to promote greening of Highway corridors with participation of the community, farmers,
private sector, NGOs, and government institutions.

This policy will generate employment opportunities for about 5 lakh people from rural areas.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128298
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx
Setting up of new AllMS under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna
Ques -Recently, Cabinet ministry gave the approval for 'Prime Minister Health Security Plan' (PMSSY) to set up
how many new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) institutes?
a. 2
b. 4
c. 6
d. 3
Ans (d)
Realted facts:

October 7, 2015 the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi, gave approval for setting up of three new All India
Institutes of Medical Sciences (AllMS) institutes.

These three new Institutes will be setup at Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri, Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in
West Bengal.

The total expenditure of the new AIIMS will be Rs 4949 crore.

The cost of the new AIIMS at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh will be to the tune of Rs. 1618 crore, at Nagpur in
Maharashtra of Rs.1577 crore and at Kalyani in West Bengal of Rs. 1754 crore.

The new AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education,
nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128498
KISAN Project and Hailstorm App launched
Ques: Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare recently launched 'KISAN Project'. This project is
related toa. Crop Insurance
b. Crop Loan
c. Farmer Insurance
d. Land Reform
Ans: a
Related facts:

Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan today launched KISAN Project.

This is the scheme of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmer Welfare of the Ministry of Agriculture.

KISAN stands for - C(K)rop Insurance using Space technology And geoiNformatics.

Purpose of this scheme is to improve in yield estimation and better planning of Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs),
needed for crop insurance program.

The project envisages use of Space Technology and geoinformatics (GIS, GPS and Smartphone) technology along
with high resolution data from UAV/Drone based imaging.

The Pilot Study is proposed to be launched in one District each of Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and
Maharashtra during Kharif season of 2015.

Two Districts each of these States during Rabi season of 2015-16 are also in the proposal.

The KISAN project will be implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), an attached
Office of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & FW.

The project is in collaboration with ISRO Centers (Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad & National Remote
Sensing Centre, and Hyderabad), India Meteorological Department, CCAFS, State Agriculture Departments and
State Remote Sensing Centers.

Important to know that an Android App. 'Hailstorm' also launched designed by ISRO (National Remote Sensing
Centre, Hyderabad).

This App will help real time data collection about hailstorm occurrences along with photographs and
geographical coordinates (longitude and latitude).
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128429
NOC Online Application Portal for the National Monument Authority
launched
Ques: Where is the head office of National Monument Authority?
a. Himachal Pradesh
b. New Delhi
c. Maharashtra
d. Tamilnadu
Ans: b
Related facts:

September 29, 2015 The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and
Civil Aviation,Dr. Mahesh Sharma, launched the NOC Online Application Portal and Processing System (NOAPS)
for the National Monument Authority (NMA).

NOAPS is an initiative taken by the National Monument Authority for streamlining of approval procedure for
construction related activities in regulated/restricted areas in the vicinity of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
protected monuments in various cities of India.

The NOAPS Portal has been designed by NIC.

The Portal has utilized the technology and expertise of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), who are in
the process of mapping all 3886 ASI protected monuments.

The head office of the National Monument Authority is in New Delhi.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128312
http://nmanoc.nic.in./
Treaty & Agreement
RBI signs MoU on “Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory
Information”
Question: Recently RBI has signed MoU(Memorandum of Understanding) on “Supervisory Cooperation and
Exchange of Supervisory Information” with which of the following country’s bank?
(a)
Sri Lanka
(b)
Bangladesh
(c)
United States of America
(d)
Australia
Ans (b)
Related facts:

On 26 October 2015, The Reserve Bank of India signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on
“Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information” with the Bangladesh Bank, Peoples
Republic of Bangladesh.

The MoU has been signed by Mr. Md. Saiful Islam, Executive Director on behalf of Bangladesh Bank and Mrs.
Meena Hemchandra, Executive Director on behalf of the Reserve Bank of India.

Along with this RBI has signed 30 such MoUs, one Letter for Supervisory Co-operation and one Statement of
Cooperation.
Reference:
https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=35312
Union Cabinet approved treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal
matters
Question: Recently, the Cabinet approved the treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with which
country?
a. Srilanka
b. Maldives
c. Bangladesh
d. China
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

On 21 October 2015 the Union Cabinet has given its approval
for signing of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in
Criminal Matters between India and the Maldives.

This treaty aims to enhance effectiveness of both countries in
investigation and prosecution of crime, through cooperation
and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

This treaty will help in controlling and stoppage of funds meant to finance criminal and terrorist acts.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=41505
Union Cabinet approved Agreement on Maritime Transport
Question: Recently, the Cabinet approved the agreement on maritime transport with(a) Sri Lanka
(b) Maldives
(c) Egypt
(d) Bangladesh
Ans (c)
Related facts:

On 21 October 2015 the cabinet approved the signing of an
agreement between India and Egypt on maritime transport.

Through this agreement the matters will be consulted between the two countries, on merchant shipping and
other maritime-related subjects.

This agreement will enhance cooperation in the field of maritime relations between the two countries.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=41509
RBI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Supervisory
Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information
Question: Reserve bank Of India (RBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Supervisory
Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information from which of the following bank?
(a) Central Bank of China
(b) Central Bank of UAE
(c) Central Bank of America
(d) Central Bank of Australia
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

On 19 October 2015, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the Central Bank of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory
Information.

According to this agreement a system will be developed to promote greater co-operation and share supervisory
information among banks and other financial institutions.

With this RBI has signed 29 such MoUs, one Letter for Supervisory Co-operation (LSC) and one Statement of Cooperation (SoC) .

The MoU was signed by Mrs. Meena Hemchandra, Executive Director on behalf of the Reserve Bank of India and
Mr. Saeed Abdulla Al Hamiz, Assistant Governor for Banking Supervision Affairs on behalf of Central Bank of UAE
at the Head Office of Central Bank of UAE at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Mr T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to UAE was present at the occasion.
Reference:
https://www.rbi.org.in/hindi/Scripts/PressReleases.aspx?ID=27053
Gas Cooperation Agreement Signed
Question: Recently which state has signed gas cooperation agreement with Gail India Ltd. in order to connect
eastern India to the national natural gas grid?
a. Bihar
b. Jharkhand
c. Chhattisgarh
d. Odisha
Ans (b)
Related Facts:

On October 15, 2015, the Government of Jharkhand and GAIL (India) Limited signed a Gas Cooperation
Agreement (GCA) in order to connect eastern India to the national natural gas grid.

This agreement will help in the creation of Natural Gas and City Gas Distribution infrastructure. The
infrastructure will assist the construction of Urja Ganga Jagdishpur-Haldia Pipeline project in the state.

The Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline (JHPL) is will pass through six districts of Jharkhand, i.e., Bokaro, Giridih,
Hazaribagh, Singhbhum, Ranchi and Dhanbad.

The pipeline will be used to provide Natural Gas as fuel to the Steel Authority of India plant in Bokaro, fertilizer
plant at Sindri.
Reference:
http://www.gailonline.com/final_site/pressrelease-15-10-15.html
Union Cabinet gives nod to MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with
Mozambique
Question: Name the sector in which the cabinet approved the agreement between Government Of India and
Government of Mozambique?
(a) Nuclear
(b) Defence
(c) New and Renewable Energy
(d) Cultural cooperation
Ans (c)
Related facts:

On October 14, 2015 the Union Cabinet approved the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between
Government of India and Mozambique in the area of New and Renewable Energy to promote bilateral
cooperation, investments, promotion and partnership on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of
mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.

It is to be noted that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of New and
Renewable Energy of the Government of India and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Government
of Mozambique in New Delhi on 5th August, 2015, during the visit of Mr. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique
to India.

The areas of cooperation will focus on development of new and renewable energy technologies in the field of
conducting on-the-job and specialized training courses on renewable energy field, Research & development and
of technology transfer in renewable energy, including Labs; Exchange of experience on different kinds of
renewable energies, focusing on solar, wind, biomass, bio-fuels and geothermal.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/mbErel.aspx?relid=128694
Conference
4th International Tourism Mart
Question: Fourth International Tourism Mart (ITM) 2015 was held at?
a. Siliguri
b. Guwahati
c. Gangtok
d. New Delhi
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

From 14to 16 October 2015, 4th International Tourism Mart
inaugurated in capital city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

It was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge)
and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, along with the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Chamling .

The ITM has been organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with the North Eastern States and
the state of West Bengal.

It comprise of tour operators and media persons from 23 countries and fifty two (52) international delegates.

It also has participation of 71 tour operators from eight north eastern States and West Bengal besides domestic
buyers (tour operators) from different regions of the country.

The State Tourism Departments of eight north eastern states and West Bengal have put up colorful exhibitions
at the mart highlighting their rich and varied culture and distinct cuisines.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128757
http://www.itmnortheastindia.com/
http://www.itmnortheastindia.com/index.php/participating-states
14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference
Ques: The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference recently announced by Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs is to be held ata. New Delhi
b. Mumbai
c. Lucknow
d. Bangaluru
Ans: a
Related facts:
 The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference 2016 is to be held at
Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi from 08th – 10th January, 2016.
 It is notable that this will be the 7th conference being held in New Delhi.
 Previously it was held in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
 New Delhi hosted the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) most number of times.

Important to know that 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) concluded on 7-9 January 2015 in Gujarat.

It is known that a committee chaired by renowned legal expert Dr. Laxmimal Singhvi in the year 2000, it was
decided to celebrate Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on 9th January.

This is because of the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on 9 January, 1915.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128468
Bhagavad Gita Conference
Ques: Which country recently hosted the first Bhagavad Gita Conference?
(a) Britain
(b) America
(c) Myanmar
(d) China
Ans: a
Related facts:
 24 to 25 September, 2015 Britain organized the first 'Bhagavad Gita
Conference' in Nehru Centre, London.
 It was organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, The Nehru Centre and High
Commission of India, London.
 The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for people from the east and the west who have studied and
to some degree applied the timeless teaching of the Gita in their own lives.
Reference:
http://iccr.gov.in/sites/default/files/24-25%20Sept%20Bhagwad%20Gita%20-%20Copy.pdf
http://iccr.gov.in/sites/default/files/Gita%20Leaflet%20Amended.pdf
http://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/events/24sep2015-the-bhagavad-gita--its-contemporary-relevance.html
Associations & Organizations
Infosys Acquired Noah Consulting
Question: Infosys Company is related with(a) Oil and Gas production
(b) Space Research
(c) Information and Technology
(d) Mobile phone services
Ans (c)
Related Facts:

On 19 October 2015 Infosys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire US-based Noah Consulting.
 Infosys board of directors approved the acquisition by purchasing the 100% stakes of Noah Consulting.
 The total amount of acquisition is $ 7 Crore (about Rs 453.5 crore).
 It will be an all-cash deal.
 According to Rajesh Murthy, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Energy, Communications and Services,
Infosys “With this acquisition, company will be uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end data management
services to oil and gas companies globally”.
 Noah is a known major company in oil-gas sector, providing consulting service, whose long experience and
leading technology will fully benefit Infosys.
 The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of the third quarter of Financial Year 2016.
Reference:
http://www.infosys.com/newsroom/press-releases/Pages/infosys-acquire-noah-consulting.aspx
http://www.noah-consulting.com/press/infosys-consulting-to-acquire-noah-consulting
http://hindi.business-standard.com/storypage.php?autono=109845
Acquisition of Goldman Sachs
Question: Recently, who announced takeover of global giant Goldman Sachs’ mutual fund business in India?
(a) Future Capital Ltd.
(b) Birla Sun Life Ltd.
(c) Reliance Capital Asset Management
(d) HDFC
Ans (c)
Related facts:

On 21 October 2015 Reliance Capital Asset Management
(RCAM) announced takeover of global giant Goldman Sachs
mutual fund business in India.

RCAM paid a total sum of 243 crore rupees in cash to acquire it.

Under this deal, RCAM will acquire all 12 onshore mutual fund schemes of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
(GSAM) India with total asset under management of 7132 crore rupees.

This acquisition will make Reliance mutual funds the exclusive fund manager for the government’s ambitious
Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) Exchange Traded Fund.

It should be noted that, in year 2014 Goldman Sachs was given the mandate to manage Central Public Sector
Enterprises (CPSE) Exchange Traded Fund.

Through which the government has so far raised Rs. 4,000 crore by selling part of its stake in ten central PSUs as
part of its disinvestment programme.

This deal will make yet another exit by a foreign player from the Indian mutual fund industry, consolidating the
position of RCAM.

RCAM’s is subsidiary of Reliance Capital which in turn is financial services arm of business conglomerate
Reliance Group. It is also present in insurance, brokerage and wealth management among other areas.

This company manages business by the name of Reliance mutual fund in mutual fund management business
having average management assets 1, 52,919 crore (by the second quarter 2015).

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is the asset management arm of the Investment Management Division of
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. which oversees $1.19 trillion in assets under supervision
 The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of this fiscal year, which is dependent on the necessary
regulatory approval.
Reference:
http://www.reliancecapital.co.in/pdf/Reliance-Capital-Asset-Management-to-acquire-Goldman-Sachs-Press-Release-21-oct2015.pdf
http://www.reliancecapital.co.in/About-Reliance-Capital.aspx
Larsen & Tourbo honored
Ques: Which of the following was awarded with ‘Good Corporate Citizen Award’ from Bombay Chamber of
Commerce & Industry (BCCI) recently?
(a) Larsen & Tourbo
(b) Bharat Heavy Electricals limited
(c) Engineers India Limited
(d) DRDO
Ans: a
Related facts:

October 1, 2015 in the 180th Foundation day celebrations of Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Union
Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu awarded Larsen & Tourbo with 'Good Corporate Citizen Award'.

Larsen & Tourbo was awarded with ‘The Good Corporate Citizen Award’ for its Sustainability & Corporate Social
Responsibility initiatives in the ‘Large Corporate.

BCCI instituted the Good Corporate Citizen Award in 1994 to recognize and honor conspicuous achievement by
corporate in terms of service to the civic community in addition to outstanding sustainability responsibility
performance.

The evaluation parameters for the award included business performance, performance in industrial relations,
environment, safety and occupational health, employee welfare, ethics and customer satisfaction, and social
investment/CSR.
Reference:
http://www.larsentoubro.com/media/32185/2015-06-10-lt-honoured-with-bcci-award.pdf
Law & Justice
No copyright exists on title of literary work: Supreme Court
Question: Recently the Supreme Court gives its judgment that no copyright exists on the title of a literary work.
This judgment is given after the controversy arising from which of the following title of the Film?
(a) Chinar Daastaan-E-Ishq
(c) Desi Boys
(b) Kaanchi
(d) Shandar
Ans- (c)
Related Facts:

On 22 October, 2015 the Supreme Court gives its judgment that no
copyright exists on the title of a literary work.

In this context, the Court made it clear that the copyright exists only of the literary work written by an author,
not of the title of his work.

A bench comprising Justices M. B. Lokur and S. A. Bobde passed the order on an appeal filed by Krishika Lulla
and others against an order of the Bombay High Court which had refused to quash a complaint filed by writer
Shyam Vithalrao Devkatta.

It is notable that the author of 'Desi Boyz', book Shyam Vithalrao Devkatta filed a case on Krishika Lulla against
the Copyright Act for his film 'Desi Boyz'.

In this context Devkatta said that the title of the movie is taken from the title of his book.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/copyright-does-not-exist-for-title-of-a-literary-work/article7791159.ece
http://lawyerslaw.org/titles-of-the-literary-work-no-copyright-exists-thus-no-claim-of-infringement-of-copyright-can-beordered-supreme-court/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-no-copyright-exists-on-the-title-of-literary-work-supreme-court-2137112
http://barandbench.com/no-copyright-in-movies-title-supreme-court-in-desi-boyz-controversy/
http://hindi.eenaduindia.com/Delhi/DelhiNCR/2015/10/21191954/Desi-boys-film-director-relief-from-the-Supreme-Court.vpf
Year, Day & Week
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day
Ques: When Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day is celebrated?
a. 21 October
c. 24 October
b. 22 October
d. 26 October
Ans: a
Related facts:

On 21 October, 2015 Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day was celebrated globally.

The aim behind this day is to generate awareness of adequate use of iodine and to highlight the consequences
of iodine deficiency.

In today’s scenario one third of the world population is at the risk of iodine deficiency disorders.

According to the WHO around 54 countries are still iodine-deficient.

It is notable that iodine is a micro nutrient which is required for human growth and development.
Reference:
http://www.nhp.gov.in/global-iodine-deficiency-disorders-prevention-day_pg
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3074887/
World Polio Day
Ques: When World Polio Day is celebrated?
(a)
22 October
(b)
25 October
(c)
24 October
(d)
26 October
Ans: c
Related facts:

October 24, 2015 World Polio Day was celebrated globally.

The theme of this year is ‘End Polio Now: Make History Today.

The main objective of this day is to spread out awareness about polio.
Reference:
http://www.nhp.gov.in/world-polio-day_pg
http://www.unicefusa.org/stories/world-polio-day-2015/28681
http://www.endpolio.org/
World Statistics Day
Question: World Statistics Day observed on(a) 21 October
(b) 20 October
(c) 29 June
(d) 24 October
Ans (b)
Related Facts:
 The World Statistics Day was observed across the world on 20
October 2015.
 This year theme is “Better Data, Better Lives”.
 The UN General Assembly in its resolution 69/282 decided to
celebrate 20 October as the World Statistics Day once in every five years.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/statisticsday/
https://worldstatisticsday.org/
International Day of Rural Women
Question: Which day is celebrated as "International Day of Rural Women"?
a. 16 October
c. 15 October
b. 14 October
d. 31 October
Ans (c)
Related Facts:
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International Day of Rural women was observed on 15 October 2015.
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This day was celebrated to recognize the critical role and contribution of
rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and
rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
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In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force, and
produce, process and prepare much of the food available.
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In world 76 per cent of the extreme poor live in rural areas.
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The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008.
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This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution of 18 December 2007.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/
http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/rural-women-food-poverty
http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=women_15Oct
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Question: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty celebrated ona. 16 October
b. 17 October
c. 18 October
d. 12 October
Ans (b)
Related Facts:
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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year
since 1993.
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It is celebrated to promote people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide,
particularly in developing countries.
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Theme of the year 2015 is: “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
World Food Day
Question: World food day is celebrated on –
a. 16 October
c. 14 October
b. 12 October
d. 15 October
Ans (a)
Related facts:
 Every year 16 October is being observed as World Food Day
(WFD).
 It aims to raise public awareness about hunger challenges and encourage people around the world to take
action in the fight against hunger.
 Theme of 2015: ‘Social Protection and Agriculture’
 World Food Day commemorates the date of establishment of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) in 1945.
 For the first time it was celebrated on 16 October 1981 and the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide was
mooted by Hungarian Delegation to FAO.
Reference:
http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/
International Day for Disaster Reduction
Ques: When International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated?
a. 12 October
b. 13 October
c. 11 October
d. 18 October
And: b
Related facts:

October 13, 2015 International Day for Disaster Reduction
was celebrated globally.
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The theme of this year is “Knowledge for Life”.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/
World Mental Health Day
Ques: When World Mental Health Day is celebrated?
(a) 11 October
(b) 10 October
(c) 9 October
(d) 12 October
Ans: b
Related facts:
 October 10, 2015 World Mental Health Day was celebrated
globally.
 The theme of this year is ’Dignity in mental health’.
 The objective of this day is to raise awareness of mental
illness.
 According to WHO more than 350 million people have been suffering from mental illness across the world.
Reference:
http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2015/en/
http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/infosheet_wmhd2015.pdf
International Day of the Girl Child
Ques: When International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated?
a. 10 October
c. 13 October
b. 11 October
d. 14 October
Ans: b
Related facts:
 October 11, 2015 4th International Day of the Girl Child was
celebrated globally.
 The theme of this year is’ The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’.
 On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October, as the ‘International Day of
the Girl Child’, to recognize girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child
http://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_66021.html
World Post Day
Ques: When World Post Day is celebrated?
a. 10 October
c. 11 October
b. 9 October
d. 6 October
Ans: b
Related facts:
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World Post Day was celebrated at October 9, 2015 globally.

‘Posts claim their places in the changing Communication landscape’
World Post Day theme for 2015.

It was declared World Post Day by the Universal Postal Union Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.

The establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/postday/
Air Force Day
Ques: Air Force Day is celebrated ona. 9 October
b. 8 October
c. 6 October
d. 5 October
Ans: b
Related facts:
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83rd Air Force Day was celebrated on October 8, 2015.
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It is notable that Indian Air Force was established at October 8, 1932.
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On this occasion, a grand function was organized at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).

Prime Narendra Modi saluted Air Force personnel's on this Day.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128303
http://indianairforce.nic.in/
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World Habitat Day
Ques: When World Habitat Day was celebrated recently?
a. October 5, 2015
c. October 6, 2015
b. October 8, 2015
d. October 4, 2015
Ans: a
Related facts:
 World Habitat Day was celebrated at October 5, 2015 globally.
 Theme of World Habitat Day 2015 is ‘Public Spaces for All’.
 On December 17, 1985, the UN General Assembly designated
the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
World Teacher's Day
Ques: When World Teacher's Day is celebrated?
a. 6 October
c. 7 October
b. 5 October
d. 8 October
Ans: b
Related facts:
 World Teacher's Day was celebrated at October 5, 2015
globally.
 “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies” is the
World Teachers' Day slogan for 2015.
 It is notable that this day has been celebrated every year since 1994.
Reference:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-teachersday2015/#.VherPF4SGFF
International Day of Older Persons
Ques: Which of the following statements is/are true regarding 'International Day of Older Persons'?
a. On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated the International Day of Older Persons.
b. The International Day of Older Persons was celebrated on
October 1st for the first time.
c. The theme of the 2015 commemoration is “Sustainability
and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.
d. All of the above
Ans: d
Related facts:

International Day of Older Persons was celebrated on October 1st, 2015 globally.

The theme of the 2015 commemoration is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of
Older Persons.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
http://www.who.int/ageing/events/idop_rationale/en/
The International Day of Non-Violence
Ques: When the International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated?
a. 1 October
b. 2 October
c. 3 October
d. 30 September
Ans: b
Related facts:
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October 2, 2015 the International Day of Non-Violence was
celebrated globally.

It is notable that on 15 June 2007 the United Nations
General
Assembly established
2
October
as
International Day of Non-Violence through a resolution.
Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/
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Miscellaneous
First-ever Hindi Atlas book on Mars Mission released
Ques: Atlas book on Mars Orbiter Mission was recently released on which of the following language?
(a) English
(c) Tamil
(b) Hindi
(d) Marathi
Ans: b
Related facts:

On October 26, 2015 The Union Minister of State (Independent
Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions,
Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh released the first-ever Hindi Atlas Book on “Mars Orbiter Mission
(MOM) in New Delhi.
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He released this book on the occasion of the first meeting of reconstituted “Joint Hindi Salahkar Samiti” of the
Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy.
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Incidentally however, he said, even though India’s achievements in Space missions are being appreciated the
world over, Hindi language can serve as a medium for spreading further awareness within the country about
recent Space missions, particularly the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).

He suggested that in future, the Hindi scholars, who are non-official members of “Hindi Salahkar Samiti”, will be
more closely associated with the day to day activities of both the departments, so that use of Hindi becomes a
natural style of working in these departments.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=129971
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/government-releases-hindi-atlas-on-mars-orbiter-mission-1236667
http://www.uniindia.com/first-ever-hindi-atlas-on-mars-mission-released/india/news/249540.html
Madhya Pradesh Government declared 33 percent reservation for women
in government jobs
Question: Recently M.P government declared 33% quota for women in government jobs, earlier how much it
was?
a. 12 percent
b. 15 percent
c. 29 percent
d. 30 percent
Ans (d)
Related Facts:
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On 28 October 2015 Madhya Pradesh government has declared to
increase the reservation quota for women in government jobs from 30% to 33%.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting headed by the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

In addition, the state Cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal providing compensation to farmers. As per the
proposal, the farmers will only have to repay 90 thousand rupees on a loan of one lakh rupees.

These decisions will be implemented after seeking permission from the Election Commission as by-polls are
slated to be held in the state.
Reference:
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/33-percent-quota-for-women-in-government-jobs-in-mp115102801551_1.html
http://www.news18.com/news/madhya-pradesh/shivraj-chouhan-led-cabinet-okays-33-per-cent-quota-forwomen-in-government-jobs-in-mp-829933.html
India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve
Question: Which Indian state will soon have the country’s first Dolphin community reserve?
(a) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Bihar
(b) West Bengal
(d) Uttarakhand
Ans (b)
Related Facts:
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India’s first community reserve to protect the endangered
Gangetic river dolphins will come up in West Bengal.
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According to State Wildlife Board chaired by state Chief Wildlife Warden Azam Zaidi The reserve would be set
up in the Hooghly River between Malda and Sundarbans as per provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
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According to Azam Zaidi on October 8, 2015 at the meeting it was decided to create a committee.

Gangetic river dolphins is India’s national aquatic animal (declared in year 2010) and is often known as the ‘Tiger
of the Ganges’.
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This dolphin species is an indicator animal which represent healthy river ecosystem in a same position as a tiger
in a forest.
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Their population is estimated to be less than 2,000 in the country.
Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/west-bengal-to-get-indias-first-dolphin-reserve/article7744695.ece
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/indias-first-dolphin-community-reserve-to-come-up-in-bengal/
http://www.moef.nic.in/sites/default/files/ngrba/GangeticReport.pdf
http://www.wwfindia.org/river_dolphin.cfm
First Safety & Health Exhibition Center on Asbestos & Silica
Ques: Where the first Safety & Health Exhibition Center on Asbestos & Silica was established?
a. New Delhi
b. Gurgaon
c. Faridabad
d. Patna
Ans: c
Related facts:
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The Regional Labor Institute (RLI) Faridabad has
established a permanent “Safety and Health
Exhibition Center on Asbestos and Silica”.
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It will help to raise awareness among the stakeholders of silica and asbestos handling units on different aspects
of health & safety.

It is notable that Asbestosis and silicosis are occupational diseases which are prevalent in peoples working in
different industries handling asbestos and free silica respectively.
Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=128488
India top foreign investment destination
Ques: According to “Financial Times" report published on September 29, 2015, how many billion dollars of FDI
invested in India in the first half of 2015?
a. 31
b. 28
c. 27
d. 16
Ans: a
Related facts:
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According to “Financial Times" report have published in the
first half of 2015, 31 billion dollars invested in FDI in India.

It is notable that India becomes world's number one destination for the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2015.

FDI inflows into China, USA and United Kingdom during January-June 2015 were $28 billion, $27 billion and $16
billion respectively.
Reference:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/business/india-emerges-top-fdi-destination-leaving-behind-china-us-in-2015/story7Dno24ijpNUtLjehW1gnGI.html
http://www.ft.com/home/india
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/J1LDY9lK1uQCuEKFQngtTK/India-top-foreign-investment-destination-in-2015-FTreport.html