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15th April 2015 Daily General Knowledge Updates

1) Which Indian State is the leading Cotton producer? - Gujarat

2) Where are the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee located? - Switzerland

3) In which session of the Indian National Congress was the “Poorna Swaraj” resolution adopted? - Lahore Session in 1929

4) Who is author of “Imagining India”? - Nandan Nilekani

5) The currency of European Union is? - Euro

6) Who gave the title of ‘Mahamana’ to Madan Mohan Malaviya? - Mahatma Gandhi

7) In which part of the Indian Constitution, the Fundamental Duties are enshrined? - Part 4-A

8) Who was the Viceroy at the time of Quit India Movement? - Lord Linlithgow

9) Who was the other Congress leader who joined with Motilal Nehru to start the Swaraj Party in 1923? - Chittaranjan Das

10) Blood group was discovered by? - Landsteiner
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Current Affairs Daily Quiz: 15 April 2015

1) PepsiCo India on 3 April 2015 commissioned first phase of its largest beverage plant in India in which state?
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Karnataka
(C) West Bengal
(D) Kerala

2) Pedro Cateriano Bellido was recently appointed as Prime Minister of which country?
(A) Bolivia
(B) Peru
(C) Chile
(D) Nigeria

3) Which player recently defeated Saina Nehwal in the semi-finals of Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament?
(A) Li Xuerui
(B) Saina Nehwal
(C) Carolina Marin
(D) Wang Shixian

4) West Bengal and Bihar Governor K.N. Tripathi recently sworn in as the 16th governor of which northeastern state (additional charge)?
(A) Arunachal Pradesh
(B) Assam
(C) Tripura
(D) Mizoram

5) Union government recently extended ____ months’ time to the states for rolling out the National Food Security Act (NFSA)?
(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 6
(D) 7

6) Malli Mastan Babu who recently died was a famous?
(A) Volleyball Player
(B) Mountaineer
(C) Sky Diver
(D) Wildlife Photographer

7) Michael Rudenko, a committee member of the Minor Planet Center on 1 April 2015 officially named a minor planet in the name of which Indian sports person?
(A) Sachin Tendulkar
(B) Sania Mirza
(C) Dhyan Chand
(D) Vishwanathan Anand

8) Who has recently become the National Basketball Association's (pre-eminent men's professional basketball league) first player of Indian origin?
(A) Sim Bhullar
(B) Kavi Singh
(C) Prajith Bopara
(D) None of these 

9) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 2 April 2015 celebrated its  ____th anniversary?
(A) 70th
(B) 60th
(C) 80th
(D) 85th

10) Amaravathi was recently selected by which state government as its new capital city?
(A) Telengana
(B) Karnataka
(C) Odisha
(D) Andhra Pradesh

1) Ans. (A) Andhra Pradesh
2) Ans. (B) Peru 
3) Ans. (A) Li Xuerui
4) Ans. (D) Mizoram
5) Ans. (C) 6
6) Ans. (B) Mountaineer
7) Ans. (D) Vishwanathan Anand
8) Ans. (A) Sim Bhullar
9) Ans. (C) 80th
10) Ans. (D) Andhra Pradesh
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Daily Current Affairs Updates - 14 April 2015

1) Govt changed name of visa-on-arrival scheme to e-tourist visa:
--> Union home ministry has decided to rename the tourist visa-on-arrival scheme as 'e-tourist visa' scheme with effect from 15 April 2015.
--> The step is aimed at avoiding inconvenience to foreign tourists who, misled by scheme's nomenclature, would fly into India presuming that they would be granted visa on arrival upon landing.
--> Under the 'tourist visa on arrival-electronic travel authorization scheme', a foreign tourist was required to apply for a visa online by uploading his photograph and passport and also paying his visa fee online.
--> The visa authorities would then process his application and send him an electronic travel authorization, or simply e-visa, via e-mail within 72 hours. 

2) Government constituted task force on interlinking of rivers:
--> Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a 'Task Force' on Interlinking of Rivers comprising experts and senior officials to look into the issues relating to Interlinking of Rivers ( ILR) in the country.
--> The Task Force would be chaired by BN Navalawala, former Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources.

3) Zomato acquired cloud-based data firm MaplePOS:
--> Restaurant search application Zomato has acquired cloud-based point of sale (POS) product for restaurants MaplePOS, a company statement said on 14 April 2015.
--> Zomato has already renamed the MaplePOS product "Zomato Base", and information on the product is now available.
--> Zomato offers restaurants features such as menu and inventory management, and has a built-in payment solution to accept debit and credit card payments.

4) Turkey begins construction of first nuclear power plant:
--> Turkey on 14 April 2015 began the construction of its first nuclear power plant located at Akkuyu in Mersin province on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
--> It will be built by Akkuyu Project Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom.

5) US President Barack Obama nominated Indian-American businesswoman Shamina Singh to key post:
--> US President Barack Obama has nominated prominent Indian-American businesswoman Shamina Singh to a key administration post.
--> Singh has been nominated as the member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring in October 2019.

6) FM transmission of Vividh Bharati launched:
--> The popular ‘Vividh Bharati’ services of All India Radio (AIR) will now be available to listeners in and around Delhi on mobile handsets with the launch of FM transmission of the channel.
--> Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, who launched the FM transmission, also delivered a message to the listeners of the channel, saying Vividh Bharati services would reach people within a range of 60-65 km with much clarity at all times in all weather conditions.
--> Vividh Bharati offers a mix of film music, skits, short plays and interactive programmes.
--> The I&B minister also said the Doordarshan’s ‘Kisan’ channel could be launched in May. 

7) HDFC announced mobile banking app for Apple Watch:
--> Indian banking giant HDFC has just announced an HDFC mobile banking app, designed specifically for the Apple Watch.
--> Simply titled WatchBanking, the move makes HDFC the first bank, and also the first Indian company to launch an app for the Apple Watch, due to launch in India later this month.

8) HDFC Bank tops mobile banking transactions:
--> HDFC Bank placed at the top spot among all banking entities in mobile banking transactions during January 2015 according to the pertaining data released by RBI on 14 April 2015.
--> It is followed by ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and Axis Bank with respect to mobile banking transactions.

9) Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary celebrated:
--> Nation observed 124th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on 14 April 2015.
--> Dr. BR Ambedkar is popularly know as the architect of India's Constitution.
--> Rich tributes were paid to the architect of Indian Constitution Dr. Ambedkar in Parliament complex.
--> Throughout his life he worked for the upliftment of dalits and tribals and campaigned against social discrimination.

10) AAP rebels launched Swaraj Abhiyan:

--> Aam Aadmi Party rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on 14 April 2015 rallied their supporters and announced a separate group called the "Swaraj Abhiyan," pledging to work for alternative politics.
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Daily Current Affairs: 13 April 2015

1) National Judicial Appointments Commission Act notified:
--> Government on 13 April 2015 notified the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014 and the Constitution (Ninety-ninth Amendment) Act, 2014 for bringing in a change in the existing system for appointment of Judges in Supreme Court and High Courts.
--> The Acts provide for a transparent and broad-based process of selection of Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts by the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC).
--> NJAC will be a six-member body, comprising the Chief Justice of India and two of his senior most judges, the law minister and two eminent people.
--> Any two of them can veto any candidature.
--> The eminent people will be nominated after consultations with the CJI, the PM and the Leader of Opposition or the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha. 

2) Sania Mirza officially crowned World No. 1:
--> Sania Mirza on 13 April 2015 officially became the first Indian woman tennis player to be ranked World No. 1 in doubles after WTA unveiled its latest list.
--> The Indian ace has gone up three rungs in the charts with 7660 points to dethrone Italy’s Sara Errani (7640 points).
--> Sania took 470 points from the win with Martina Hingis in the WTA Family Circle Cup in the official list.

3) Union Home Ministry notified Governors (Allowances and Privileges) Amendment Rules, 2015:
--> Union Home Ministry on 10 April 2015 notified amendments to the Governors (Allowances and Privileges) Rules, 1987 and named these rules as Governors (Allowances and Privileges) Amendment Rules, 2015.
--> The amendment notifies 18-set of rules to regulate any foreign visit or domestic visit outside the State by the Governors.
--> As per the new norms laid by the said law, the duration of a governor’s official visits outside the state shall not exceed 20% of the days in a calendar year, i.e., 73 days.
--> As per the new norms, governors must seek the approval of the President and forward their communication in this regard, two weeks in advance for private visits outside the state and seven days in advance for official visits.

4) Is “Airtel Zero” against Net Neutrality?
--> During April 2015, Airtel announced Airtel Zero, a platform that allows consumers free access to select apps and services with the cost of this data traffic being borne by the companies that have signed up.
--> For example, if Flipkart signs up as an Airtel Zero partner, consumers will not be charged for data that they will use while accessing Flipkart, and Airtel will bill Flipkart for that session.
-->  ‘Net Neutrality’ is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all traffic on their networks equally.
--> That means users should be able to access all websites at the same speed and cost. No website should be given preferential treatment over another.

5) In a first, DPRK Foreign Minister visited India:
--> In a significant diplomatic engagement between India and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on 13 April 2015.
--> This is the first ever visit at the Foreign Minister level from North Korea to India.
--> Mr. Yong is on a three day visit on the invitation of Ms. Swaraj.

6) Hillary Clinton announced 2016 presidential bid:
--> Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 12 April 2015 announced that she would be contesting the election for the office of U.S. president in 2016.
--> Hillary Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama.

7) Haryana govt announced cabinet rank for Ramdev:
--> Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on 13 April announced Cabinet-rank status for yoga guru Ramdev, who is the state's brand ambassador.

--> Khattar said Ramdev, who is authorized to promote yoga and ayurveda in the state, would be given the status of Cabinet minister, and a function would be held at Panchkula on April 21 to honour him.

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12th April 2015 Important Daily Current Affairs

1) German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass passed away:
--> Renowned German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature Gunter Grass passed away on 12 April 2015 in the city of Lubeck.
--> The list of his works is very long, and includes "Cat and Mouse" and "Dog Years", which, together with "The Tin Drum", were part of his famous "Gdansk Trilogy"; "Local Anesthetic", "The Flounder", "The Rat", "The Call of the Toad" and "Crabwalk".
--> Gunter Grass was a multi-talented artist, not only a novelist and poet, but also a sculptor and designer who occasionally also designed the covers of his books.

2) Sania Mirza is first Indian to be World No.1 in women's doubles:
--> Sania Mirza on 12 April 2015 created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the world number one rank in doubles, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup with partner Martina Hingis, Charleston.
--> Sania took 470 points from the win to take her tally to 7965 as she jumped past Italy’s Sara Errani (7640) and Roberta Vinci (7640) to sit atop the ranking table.
--> Before Sania, only Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhuapthi had achieved the top rank when they dominated men’s doubles circuit in the late 90s.
--> Sania is also first female player from India to win Grand Slam tournaments.

3) Lewis Hamilton won Chinese Grand Prix:
--> World champion Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for the second year on 12 April 2015. 
--> Nico Rosberg finished second while Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth for Ferrari.
--> Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and sixth respectively. 

4) New Zealand won Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2015:
--> New Zealand beat Australia in the 24th Sultan Azlan-Shah-Tournament 3-1 in the Shoot-out stages held at Malaysia.
--> New Zealand was put ahead by Penalty-Corner-goal from Andy-Hayward, until 29 minutes before close when Australia equaled the scores.
--> New Zealand won the cup for the second time; first was in 2012 when they beat Argentina.
--> India defeated South Korea 4-1 (6-3) on penalties to win the bronze medal.
--> Azlan Shah Cup is named after ninth King of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, who is known as the "Father of Malaysian Hockey"

5) Air Pegasus began commercial operations in India:
--> Air Pegasus on 12 April 2015 commenced its commercial operations with flight services to Hubballi and Thiruvananthapuram from its base in Bengaluru, becoming the second regional air operator after Air Costa.
--> Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched the operations of the airline promoted by ground handling services provider Decor Aviation.
--> Bangalore-based Air Pegasus recently acquired flying permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and is the third new airline to receive the permit from the aviation regulator in last one year, after AirAsia India and Vistara.

6) BHEL commissioned 600-MW thermal unit in Chhattisgarh:
--> Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced that it has commissioned another 600 MW unit of a thermal power project in Chhattisgarh.
--> The unit was commissioned at Dainik Bhaskar Power Ltd's (DBPL) upcoming 2x600 MW thermal power project located at Dhabra in Janjgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh.

7) Shooter Jitu Rai won bronze at ISSF World Cup:
--> Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai has won a bronze medal in the 10 meter Air Pistol (Men) event in the ongoing ISSF World Cup Rifle/ Pistol Shooting competition being held at Changwon in South Korea on 12 April 2015.

--> Jin Jongoh of South Korea has won the gold medal in the same event by scoring 206 points while Naung Ye Tun of Malaysia has won the silver by scoring 201 points
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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 11 April 2015

1) National Safe Motherhood Day observed:
--> National Safe Motherhood day was observed across India on 11 April 2015 to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women. 

2) Asteroid 316201 named after Malala Yousafzai:
--> Asteroid 316201 was named as ‘316201 Malala’ after the youngest Nobel laureate and girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.
--> The asteroid was named after her by Amy Mainzer, astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, United States under the International Astronomical Union rules.
--> In 2010, Mr. Mainzer had discovered the asteroid which was known as 316201. As a discoverer of the asteroid he had owned the rights to name it.
--> Asteroid 316201 Malala is located in the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
--> It orbits around the Sun every 5.5 years and is more-than 2 mile wide.

3) Yuki won Karshi ITF Futures trophy:
--> Yuki Bhambri clinched the ITF Futures tournament on 11 April 2015 with a straight-set win over Dzmitry Zhyrmont and ensured his berth in the French Open qualifying event.
--> The 22-year-old player, seeded second, overcame his Belarusian third seed rival 6-2 6-4 in the final and pocketed 27 ranking points which will take him to a rank between 215 and 220.
--> French Open, the Clay Court Grand Slam will begin May 19.

4) Apurvi Chandela won Bronze in ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup:
--> Commonwealth Games gold medallist Apurvi Chandela secured her place in Rio Olympics 2016 by shooting her way to a bronze medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the World Cup in Changwon (South Korea) on 11 April 2015.
--> Chandela became the second Indian to qualify for Olympics 2016 after pistol shooter Jitu Rai.

5) India's first IFSC becomes operational at GIFT City:
--> India's first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at GIFT City in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat became operational on 11 April 2015 and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled rules and regulations for this global financial hub.
--> IFSC rules allow companies incorporated outside India to raise money in foreign currencies by issuance and listing of their equity shares on stock exchanges within the IFSC, where individual and institutional investors from India and abroad, including NRIs, would be allowed to trade.

6) U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands:
--> In a landmark development, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro held a meeting on 11 April 2015, which market the first summit between the two countries since the height of the Cold War.
--> The Obama-Castro summit meeting took place at Panama City on 11 April during the ongoing Summit of the Americas.
--> The relations between the two countries have been in the range from bad to worse since the embassies in Washington and Havana were closed in 1961.

7) Naxals killed 7 of elite force in Sukma:

--> Seven personnel of Chhattisgarh’s elite Special Task Force were killed and 10 injured in a Maoist attack on 11 April 2015 in Sukma in south Bastar, in the biggest attack on security forces this year in the state.
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April 2015 Current Affairs Questions (Second Week)

1) Who was on 9 April 2015 appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)? - Dr. Nasim Zaidi
Note: He will assume the charge of office of the CEC with effect from 19 April 2015 when the incumbent Harishankar Brahma retires. He will have tenure up to July 2017 when he attains the age of 65.

2) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 April 2015 launched the MUDRA Bank to fund the small entrepreneurs. MUDRA stands for? - Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd.

3) Name the former Australian cricket captain and legendary commentator who died in Sydney on 10 April 2015? - Richie Benaud

4) Which Indian city was named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 on 9 April 2015? - Thane in Mumbai, Maharashtra

5) Surface-to-Surface nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile was successfully test-fired on 9 April 2015 from a naval ship at? - Odisha coast
Note: Dhanush ballistic missile is a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile.

6) Who was elected as the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2015-16 on 7 April 2015? - Sumit Mazumder
Note: He is the Chairman and Managing Director of the TIL Limited, India’s largest manufacturer of material handling equipment.

7) Who was appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru on 1 April 2015? - Mayilsamy Annadurai

8) World Health Day (WHD) 2015 was observed globally on 7 April 2015. What was the theme for the day in 2015? - From farm to plate, make food safe.

9) Who was re-appointed as the chairman of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Governing Council by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 6 April 2015? - Rajeev Shukla

10) Name the winners of 2015 Miami Open Men’s and women’s singles titles respectively? - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams

11) Who was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on 10 April 2015? - Arun Kumar Jha

12) Which city was awarded the title of Global Earth hour Capital 2015, after it won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on 9 April 2015? - Seoul, South Korea

13) Under which Yojana MUDRA Bank was set up? - Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
Note: Read More about Mudra Bank from here--> http://goo.gl/qWcqc8

14) Dena Bank on 6 April 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which Insurance company to provide insurance cover to all Aadhaar-linked savings account holders of the bank in the age group of 18 to 50 years? - Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)

15) Who was sworn-in as the 16th Governor of Mizoram on 4 April 2015? - Keshari Nath Tripathi

16) Union Cabinet on 7 April 2015 gave its approval to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners at the rate of ____ percent? - six percent
Note: With this DA or DR will be 113 percent of the basic pay with effect from 1 January 2015.

17) Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), the retirement fund body, on 9 April 2015 suspended the ___rupees minimum monthly pension scheme from April 2015? - 1000 rupees
Note: This was suspended as there was no direction from the Union Government to continue this scheme beyond 31 March 2015.

18) Which Union Ministry on 9 April 2015 suspended the registration of Greenpeace India Society (GIS) for 180 days for acting against public and economic interests of the country? - Union Ministry of Home Affairs
19) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 7 April 2015 recommended the establishment of Integrated Emergency Communication and Response System (IECRS). It has recommended which number as a single emergency number? -112 

20) Reserve Bank of India recently notified hike in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in Insurance Sector to ___ percent from the existing 26 percent? – 49

21) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 April 2015 launched a ____ to tackle the menace of air pollution? - National Air Quality Index (NAQI)
Note: The index will be extended to 22 State capitals and 44 other cities with a population exceeding one million.

22) Sania Mirza along with whom on 5 March 2015 won the Miami Open Tennis women's doubles title? - Martina Hingis of Switzerland

23) Name the former Air Chief Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) who died on 9 April 2015? - Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

24) India was elected to four important United Nations agencies on 8 April 2015 at the Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) of UNECOSOC. Expand UNECOSOC? - United Nations Economic and Social Council

25) Name the Jnanapith award winning Tamil novelist who died in Chennai on 8 April 2015? – Jayakanthan

26) Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 8 April 2015 formed an expert committee under the chairmanship of whom to suggest simplified compliance for establishing new industries? - Ajay Shankar

27) Which Airport on 5 April 2015 won the prestigious Golden Peacock National Quality Award for the year 2015? - Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)

28) Which e-commerce company on 8 April 2015 acquired mobile recharge service FreeCharge in a cash and stock deal? - Snapdeal
Note: With this acquisition, Snapdeal became the largest mobile commerce company in India.

29) Name the campaign to promote Kerala tourism launched on 8 April 2015 by Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma? - Visit Kerala 2015

30) Which team on 7 April 2015 won the 2014-15 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy played at the KIIT Cricket Stadium, Bhubaneshwar? – Gujarat

31) India was designated on 10 April 2015 to chair the ninth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) council to be held for two days starting from 10 June 2015 at? - Abu Dhabi

32) Name the 15-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy in the United Kingdom, who was on 12 March 2015 awarded with the 500 pounds Institute of Physics (IOP) Prize? - Pratap Singh

33) Which Indian Grandmaster on 6 April 2015 won Bronze medal in the World Women’s chess championships held at Sochi, Russia? -Dronavalli Harika

34) Name one of the top mountaineers of India, who died on 4 April 2015? - Malli Mastan Babu

35) Spiders belonging to the Thomisidae family was recently named after which Indian state? – Telangana

36) Who was appointed as the seventh Prime Minister of Peru on 2 April 2015? - Pedro Cateriano Bellido

37) Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj and veteran Hindi litterateur Uday Pratap Singh were conferred Sahitya Shiromani Samman on 8 April 2015. This award is given by which state? - Uttar Pradesh

38) Which state in USA on 9 April 2015 passed a bill that allows use of nitrogen gas (nitrogen-induced hypoxia) as a method of execution? -Oklahoma
Note: Oklahoma will also become the first state in the United States that will allow use of nitrogen for execution. 
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