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Current Affairs 10

Elections 2014.

1.How many seats were won by BJP alone – 282
2.How many seats were bagged by NDA -336
3.How many seats UPA got in the election: 59 only
4.Total no: of elected seats in Lok Sabha: 543
5.How many women MPs in Lok Sabha: 61
6.Highest Margin in the election : Sri Narendra Modi by winning Vadodara seat with a margin of 570128 votes
7.Narendra Modi was born in free India when all other PMs were born before 1947
8.Mr Narendra Modi hails from Vadnagar, in Gujarat

Some Important appointments

1.Speaker , Lok Sabha: Smt Sumitra Mahajan
2.Home Minister:Sri Raj Nath singh
3.Minister for External affairs:Smt. Sushma Swaraj
4.Finance Minister: Sri Arun Jaitley
5.Minister of Railways:Sri Piyush Goyal
6.Minister of HRD: Mr Prakash Javedkar

Assembly elections held along with Loksabha elections:

1.Telengana – new state: won by TRS ( Telengana Rashtra Samithi) K Chandrasekhara Rao.(CM)
2.Andhra Pradesh( remaining portion of AP ) won by Telugu Desam Party ,N Chandrababu Naidu,(CM)
3.Orisha – won by BJD – Naveen Patnaik ( CM)
4.Arunachal Pradesh – won by Congress- Naban Tuki(CM)
5.Sikkim- won by P K Chamling (Sikkim Democratic Front)



It was proposed to give licenses for two kinds of banks- they are Payment Banks and Small Banks. Details are given below:


Current Affairs 11
1. Which Car of Honda is catching the Indian Market …………. Amaze
2. Which University hosted a leadership training programme for Indian Parliamentarians.- …………. Yale ( USA)
3. Who is the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir …………. Omar Abdulla
4. Which country is now a hot destination for international investors …………. Indonesia
5. What are the consequences of a weak rupee …………. push up inflation, widen fiscal deficit, slow capital inflows, negative sentiments on new business etc.
6. Project Loon is a project of……………. to send balloons to different countries with equipments attached to balloon. This will further smoothen internet connections worldwide. …………. Google
7. UN Public services award 2013 was bagged by …………. Sri Oommen Chandy for his mass contact programme.
8. Which is the latest version of Windows tested by Microsoft …………. Windows8.1
9. New star for Brazil Football …………. Neymar
10. A non-banking institution can set up and can have tie up with many banks as its ATM outlet. The banks can be free from managing their own ATMs. This ATMs are called …………. White Label ATM
11. Syrian President ( now re-elected) …………. Bashar Al Assad
12. US, Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy,France, Canada are …………. G-7 countries
13. British Prime Minister …………. David Cameroon
14. The country which passed Gay Marriage Bill recently …………. France
15. New President for Iran: …………. Hassan Rouhani
16. Project cost of Kochi Metro( Komet) …………. Rs 5181 cr,
17. Distance covered by Kochi Metro …………. 25.5 kms 22 stations
18. What is the minimum amount fixed for sale of an immovable property for TDS ( Tax deduction at source) of 1% newly introduced in this budget …………. Rs 50 lacs
19. Which Indian Co. entered into tie up with BOEING for supply of 30 % components to BOEING from its newly formed subsidiary- …………. Reliance Industries
20. Standard Chartered Bank in India is acquiring Wealth Management business of …………. Morgan Stanley in India
21. Who bought the stake in United Breweries …………. UK Based Heineken buys 3.21%
22. Govt clears a FDI of 10500 cr investment by …………………………. for single brand store in India …………. IKEA , Swedish Furniture giant
23. Supreme Court upheld 51% FDI in …………. Multi-Brand retail
24. According to Bloomberg, Bill Gates is again the richest Man in the world …………. capturing the title from Mexican Investor –Carlos Slim
25. IIT Delhi – Electrical Engg Dept …………. world ranking 37th
26. Indian National Defence University( INDU) will be set up in …………. Gurgaon, Haryana
27. India’s supersonic cruise missile test fired successfully …………. BrahMos
28. WTO Chief …………. Roberto Azvedo ( Brazil)
29. FDI in Insurance has been raised to …………. 49%
30. FDI in Telecom raised to …………. 100%

General Knowledge –Finance related – Questions

1. Who is the  Finance Minister of India : Sri Arun Jaitly

2. Who is the Governor of RBI                  : Dr Urjit Patel

4. Inflation rate CPI based : 7.31(July 2014) refer updates

5. What is the Current CRR  : 4.00% (pl refer RBI site for current rate)

6. What is the current SLR    :19.5 ( refer latest from RBI site)

7. What is the  current  Repo rate:6%.( refer latest from RBI site)

8. Who is the Speaker of Lok Sabha: Ms Sumitra Mahajan.

9. Who is the founder of Microfinance?…Prof Muhammed Yunus.

10. What is the current value of  US Dollar in Indian Rupees ?.Rs 650.* refer latest from RBI site

11. What is the  current price of crude oil in international market? refer latest *

13. What is the expected GDP growth rate expected for 2017-18 ?….5- 6%

14.Who is the Chairman of Federal Reserve , USA? Janet Yellen

15.What do you mean  by “ sensex”?. SENSEX is Bombay Stock Exchange SENSitive indEX. It is the Bench mark index of the India’s biggest and oldest stock exchange, BSE.( 30 shares in the Basket)

16. Name two International Rating Agencies……Standard & Poors. ,  Moody’s Investment services

17. One billion means  100 crores and one trillion means 100 000..crores

18.Which are the  two most prominent stock markets  of India ?…Bombay Stock Exchange.(BSE)..& …National Stock Exchange(NSE)

19.What is the international standard of measurement  of gold ? …Ounce (31.1 grams)

20.  Which is the new Stock exchange in India : MCX-SX ( now in trouble)

21. Who was the Finance Minister  who initiated New Economic Reforms ( LPG) in 1991…Dr Manmohan Singh.

22. Which private Airlines  in India  is in deep trouble now and who is its promoter?

-Kingfisher , Vijay Mallya, UB Group

23.Who is the Finance Minister of Kerala ? Dr Thomas Issac

24.  Which is the Commodity exchange in trouble now: NSEL(National Spot Exchange Ltd.)

25. Which is the nuclear Plant in South India, which is prone  to severe criticism?.Koodamkulam.

26. Who is the Minister for HRD: Ms Smrithi Irani

27. Which is the present Five year plan  now? …12th …       Period from 2012.to 2017.

28. Who is the Chairman of  SEBI ? U K Sinha ( SEBI:…Securities & Exchange Board of India.)

29. Regulator for Commodity exchanges: Forward Market Commission( now under Ministry of Finance)

30. Can you name a few Kerala based Banks?.., Federal, SIB, Dhanalxmi, CSB, ESAF Small Finance Bank

Current Affairs  2

  1. Which Automobiles had shut down its factory for three days  because of excess stock and less demand: Tata Motors
  2. PVR Cinema is going to acquire  which cinema company: Cinemax  -69%
  3. Which Indian Co. acquires Patton Inc of US : ELGI Equipments
  4. Asian Leadership Award was bagged by  a prominent  business women of India: Ms Mallika Srinivasan ( TAFE-Chairperson)
  5. Which Company manufactures Akash tablet: Data Wind ( Chairman Suneet Singh Tuli recently met UN Secretary General and demonstrated  Akash to them)
  6. Flipkart opened a  store for e-books alone but not successful : Flyte
  7. Unilever CEO : Paul Polman
  8. World’s greatest investor/ Investment Guru: Warren Buffet
  9. Company of Warren Buffet: Berkshire Hathway
  10. The book about his investing  recently published : Tap dancing to Work


Current Affairs  3

  1. Which Co’s Initial Public offer was last year  oversubscribed by 41 times: CARE( Credit Analysis and  Research)
  2. King of Goals ( football) Lionnel Messy – 86 goals
  3. The new car of Bajaj Auto ( electric) : RE 60
  4. Which Co  to buy Appollos’ BPO for 1000 cr. : Sutherland
  5. CEO of Sutherland: Dilip Vellodi
  6. Which Bank had to remit a fine of $ 1.90 bn to settle Anti-Money laundering  case in US: HSBC
  7. Sunflower branch of Vanaspati of WIPRO was sold to  Cargill of US
  8. WIPRO: Western India Vegetable products : started in 1945
  9. Current Chairman of  WIPRO : Azim Premji ( from 1966 at the age of 21 years!!!!!)
  10. Soap to software company is WIPRO and Salt to software Co: is Tatas

Current Affairs  4

  1. Which Management Institute in India has started  a course for the first time  with a degree MFAB( Management of Family Business): Indian School of Business-ISB
  2. Who is the promoter of NEXT Retail: Videocon Group
  3. Who is the new CEO of iGate solutions: Ashok Vemuri.
  4. Which Skin Care co is acquired by Wipro: Waxsons
  5. Palestine Hamas Chief:  Khaled Mishal
  6. CEO of WIPRO: T K Kurian
  7. Mr Parthasathy Shome submitted the report on GAAR, proposing progressive taxation
    1. CEO of Tata StarBucks  : Ms Avani  Sanglani from Tata Administrative Service: 32 years old
    2. Corruption Perception  Index : India ranks  : 94th
    3. Least corrupt countries: Denmark, Finland, Newzeland, Sweden, Singapore

Current Affairs 5:

  1. Chairman of SBI: Mr.Rajnish Kumar
  2. Chairman  of Aditya Birla Group: Kumar Manglam  Birla
  3. Demonetisation  date: 8th Nov. 2017
  4. Three steps advocated by  Sri Raghuram Rajan , RBI Governor:
    1. Good confidence- building Budget
    2.  Speeding up of  clearance for new projects
    3. Stock market reforms

5. Mastermind behind Telecom Revolution in India: Sam Pitroda

6. Telecom Regulatory  Authority of India  (TRAI)  Chairman: Rahul Khullar

7. New Japanese Prime Minister : Shinzo Abe

8. No of patents  owned by  Siemens : 57900

9.Most googled Indian Tourist destination:  Kerala Tourism

10.Domestic retailers:  Future group, Reliance Fresh, Bharati Retail, Aditya  Birla Retail, Spencers,

Next Retail(   Videocon group)Croma ( Tata owned Infinity  Retail), Promart –Discount Chain%

Current affairs 7 –

  1. Which cricketer has been  conferred –order of Australia: Sachin Tendulkar
  2. External affairs minister: Ms Sushama Swaraj
  3. New Australian  Prime Minister: Tony Abbot
  4. Nobel prize for Peace 2012: European Union
  5. Nobel Prize  for literature2012:  Mo Yan ( Chinese)
  6. Vice President of India : Venkiah Naidu
  7. ICC World 2020 Championship was won by : West Indies
  8. Golden Boot award winner : Lionnel Messi
  9. Indian’s supersonic Cruise Missile : BrahMos
  10. Chief Minister of West Bengal: Ms Mamta Banerjee
  11. Chief Minister  of these States : HP- VeerBhadra Singh ( Congress)
  12. Most popular Vehicle  of  Tata  now exported widely: TATA   ACE
  13. New  Thinking New Possibilities- Tagline of  Hyundai
  14. Lets go:  tagline of Maruti Alto
  15. Pure Banking , nothing  else-tagline of  SBI

Current awareness 8

1. Who is the new Governor for RBI: Mr Urjit Patel

2.A prepaid Mobile Wallet called Mobi Cash was started by …SBI Buddy

3.Starbucks C E O : Howard Schultz

4.Latest James Bond Movie: Skyfall

5.Forex Reserves of China: USD 1.2 trillion ( India –USD 274 billion)

6.Import duty on Gold : 10%

7. Last years Gold import bill: Rs 3,30,000 crores

8. Who is the new  (14th) Finance Commission  Chairman: Y V Reddy

( former RBI Governor)

9. How much amount Govt. is going to  infuse to Banks  as Capital  now:

Rs 12000 crores

1011. Jet Airways confirms   stake sale to Ethihad Air ( abudhabi)


I5.Head line  Inflation ( WPI based) as on

Current Affairs  9 

  1. Rural Development Minister : Mr Nitin Gadkari
  2. What is IKEA: Swedish Furniture   retailer with global presence
  3. Chairman of  NSE: Ms Chitra Ramakrishnan
  4. MD & CEO of BSE : Ashish Kumar Chauhan
  5. India’s foreign debt: USD 350 billion ( approx)
  6. Indias forex reserves: USD 550 bn
  7. Arcellor Mittal:  Lakshmi Mittals’s acquisition of Frances’s Arcellor, Steel co. now faces a  nationalization threat from Govt of France for violation of MOU terms
  8. Which Country adopts Kerala  Model of Women development ( Kudumbasree)-Ethiopia
  9. Citi Bank  Third largest bank in assets is in news now: Vikram Pandit, CEO resigns  due to conflict with the Chairman ( Vikram Pandit is a world famous Bank CEO)
  10. Which Indian Co celebrated 50 years of presence in Egypt recently: Kirloskar

General Awareness series 1

  1. QFI: Qualified  Foreign Investor
  2. Demographic Opportunity for  India :  Skill development
  3. Voting rights  in Private Bank increased to :26 %  (from 10%)
  4. NDC : National  Development Council- Chairman _Prime Minister   apex Centre-State body which approves plans and  attended by Chief Ministers  and Cabinet Ministers
  5. Minimum Support Price  for wheat increased  to Rs 1350. Per quintal
  6. Tata has  presence in 80 companies and  4.50 lacs employees
  7. CAG( Comptroller and Auditor General ) to audit D6 Block of Reliance :( D6 is the biggest  block of natural gas discovered by Reliance in Krishna Godavari Basin of Andhra)
  8. Defence Minister : Ms Nirmala Sitaraman


General Awareness series 2  .

  1. India’s best known global branch: Tata
  2. Which Indian CEO is ranked  7th in the best 10 CEOs  by Harvard Business School: Y C Deveswar (ITC)
  3. Russian President : Vladimir Putin
  4. India’s favourite  online portal: Flipkart
  5. Food security bill envisages to give  food grains to 67 % of population at concessional rate
  6. Which country has collaboration for Koodankulam Project: Russia
  7. New Railway Minister: Mr Piyush Goyal
  8. What is the new provision for CSR: Companies with  net profit of  5 crores and above have to spend  2 % on CSR  of average  three years profit
  9. CEO of Apple: Tim Cook

General Awareness Series No: 3 

1.World’s  most  powerful woman in Forbes  Magazine  Top 100 –

Angela Merkel ( Chancellor –Germany)

2. Indian Woman in the top 50  most influential people ranked by Bloomberg  Market magazine: Mamata Banerjee ( WB Chief minister)

3. Who received US Congress  highest  civilian honour: Aung San  Suu Ki  ( Opposition leader of Myanmar)

4. Palestine National Authority President : Mahmoud Abbas

5. Core sector of Industries:  Crude, Natural Gas, Cement, Coal, Steel, Electricity , petroleum refinery products, fertilizers

6. What is the rate of interest on Marginal  standing facility (MSF)  , a facility offered by RBI for banks to pledge  the SLR securities for a loan other than  Repo loans:  (Pl reefer RBI site)

7. What is  green field project: Manufacturing  facility   set up from scratch

8. Banking system in which banks are allowed to provide a wide variety of financial  services, including  both commercial and investment services: Universal banking

9. Highest contribution to Direct tax is from : Corporate Tax

10.”Maharajas Express”  is a joint venture between Indian railways and  Private sector  “COX & KINGS”

11. FICCI –Federation  of Indian Chambers  of Commerce and Industry- Nainalal Kidwai is the first woman  president  of FICCI