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Friday, 3 October 2014

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS MAY 2014.

1.    British actor who was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, passed away on April 29, 2014?
Bob Hoskins.
He was an English actor known for playing Cockneys and gangsters. He starred in The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), Hook (1991), Super Mario Bros. (1993), Nixon (1995), A Christmas Carol (2009), Neverland (2011), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). Hoskins received the prestigious Prix d'interprétation masculine, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role in Mona Lisa (he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor) and an International Emmy Award for best actor for his appearance on BBC One drama The Street in 2009.

2.    Former Supreme Court judge Justice who will head the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth black money in India as ordered by the Supreme Court t earlier?
Justice M.B.Shaw.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet decided to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth the black money stashed outside India in its first meeting on May 27, 2014.

3.    The former world double sprint champion who has been suspended for one year after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid?
Tyson Gay.
Gay won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 2007 World Championships. He has returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 4x100m relay at the London Olympics 2012.

4.    Who has been reappointed as the Chief of UNICEF?
Anthony Lake.
Lake has been the sixth executive director of the UNICEF since May 1, 2010.

5.    Which pair won women’s doubles title at the WTA Portugal Open 2014 held in Oeiras, Portugal?


Sania Mirza (India) and Cara Black (Zimbabwe).
She defeated the Czech Russian team of Eva Hrdinova and Valeria Solovyeva in the final.

6.    Who is elected as the new Prime Minister of Libya?
Ahmed Maetig.
 Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) elected Ahmed Maetig as the country’s new prime minister to succeed Abdullah Al-Thinni.

7.    Which mobile giant has been ordered by U.S.Court to pay Apple $119 million for patent infringement?
Samsung.

8.    Prime Minister of Slovenia who resigned recently after losing the leadership of her party?
Alenka Bratusek.
She was previously Prime Minister of Slovenia from March 2013 until May 2014, the first woman in Slovenia to hold this position. She was president pro tempore of the Positive Slovenia party from January 2013 until April 2014.

9.    Former Pakistan fast bowler who has been appointed national coach for a period of two years?
Waqar Younis.
He previously served as bowling coach of the Pakistan side in 2006-07 and briefly in 2009, and as head coach in 2010-11.

10.    India’s first voter who cast his vote at a polling booth on May 7, 2014 at his village Kalpa near Recongpeo, Kinnour in Himachal Pradesh?


Shyam Saran Negi.
Negi is a retired schoolteacher who cast the first vote in the 1951 general election in India - the nation's first election since the end of the British Raj in 1947 (although the majority of the election took place in February 1952, residents of Himachal Pradesh were given the chance to vote five months early because of the probability that heavy snowfall would make it impossible for citizens to reach the polling stations. Negi became the first voter of the country when elections were held for the first time in the country on October 25, 1951 in Kinnaur.

11.    Prime Minister of Thailand and nine ministers have been dismissed by Thailand’s Constitutional Court on May 7, 2014 for abuse of power. The Prime Minister is :
Yingluck Shinawatra.

12.    Which club won the Portuguese Cup 2014 defeating Rio Ave in the final?
Benfica.

13.     Itanagar-based journalist who is the only Indian journalist to find place in the list of ‘100 information heroes’ released by the ‘Reporters Without Borders’ (Reporters Sans Frontier-RSF), on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on May 3?
Tongam Rina.
Rina is the associate editor of The Arunachal Times and angered by her bold articles against anti-social elements in the society, gunmen shot and injured her in front of her office on July 15, 2012. In 2013, Tongam was also selected for the prestigious ‘Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media’ instituted by the Media Foundation, Leipzig, Germany. She was also honoured with the Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity, Eastern Region, in Kolkata in 2012.
    The ‘Reporters Without Borders’ (Reporters Sans Frontier-RSF) is an international organisation that works for freedom of the press and information.

14.    Which club won the French League Cup-2014?
Paris St-Germain (PSG).

15.    Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who passed away on May 9, 2014?
 Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy.
He was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1990 to 1992. His wife, Nedurumalli Rajyalakshmi, has been a minister in the Andhra Pradesh government since 2004. He was a member of the 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Visakhapatnam constituency of Andhra Pradesh and is a member of the Indian National Congress.

16.    Which party won the 2014 South African general election which was held on 7 May 2014?
The African National Congress (ANC).
South Africa's African National Congress officially has won its fifth consecutive election since end of the apartheid era, handing President Jacob Zuma a second five-year term in office. . It was the first time that South African expatriates were allowed to vote in a South African national election.

17.    Which country hosts the 24th ASEAN Summit held from May 10-11, 2014?
Myanmar.
This will be the first time Myanmar hosts an ASEAN Summit since joining the Association in 1997. The ASEAN Summit is an annual meeting held by the member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in relation to economic, and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.

18.    Which is the most expensive billionaire home in the world, according to a Forbes list published in May 2014?
Antilia.
Antilia is Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani's skyscraper residence in Mumbai. Ambani's 27-storey, 4,00,000-square-foot skyscraper home Antilia, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, tops the Forbes list of the most expensive homes in the world.

19.    Who is elected as the new president of Costa Rica?
Luis Guillermo Solís.
He is a member of the center-left Citizens' Action Party (PAC).

20.    The Supreme Court restrained senior IPS officer on May 9, 2014 from discharging her duty as Additional Director in CBI, saying that her appointment "prima facie" seems to be illegal and against the statute. Who is this IPS officer?
Archana Ramasundaram

21.    Which club won the English Premier League -2014?
Manchester City.

22.    Who won the Spanish Grand Prix -2014?
Lewis Hamilton.
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona from Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg to take the lead in the world championship.

23.     The Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University(Kerala) who has been expelled from his post by the Governor of Kerala(Sheela Dixit) following detection of forgery in his bio-data?
Dr. A V George.

24.    Who won the Madrid open Men’s singles title-2014?
Rafael Nadal.
He won his fourth Madrid Open title after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with a back injury when trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final.

25.    Who won the Madrid open Women’s singles title-2014?
Maria Sharapova.
She defeated Simona Halep in the final.

26.    The former legspinner who has been named as bowling consultant of Pakistan Cricket Team?
Mushtaq Ahmed.

27.    Prominent Indian-origin entrepreneur who has been appointed as the new chancellor of the UK's prestigious University of Birmingham?


Karan Bilimoria.
He is best known as one of the two founders and Chairman of Cobra Beer.

28.    Maritime archaeologists recently discovered the remains of Christopher Columbus’s flagship which was lost in the Caribbean more than five centuries ago.  Which is that famous vessel?


The Santa Maria.
Santa Maria was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage.

29.    Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to flogging and death on 15 May 2014 unless she recants her Christian faith?
Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag.
Meriam Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, who left her Ethiopian Orthodox mother to raise her from early childhood. She was raised in her mother's faith and married a Christian man; the marriage certificate has been published. She was sentenced to death, for allegedly committing apostasy from Islam, meaning that she was accused of changing religion from Islam to a different (or no) religion.

30.    Veteran defender and long-time team captain of Barcelona who announced that he will leave FC Barcelona at the end of this season?
Carles Puyol.

31.    The general election-2014 of India was held from?
7 April to 12 May 2014.
This was the longest election in the history of India.

32.    Indian general election, 2014
The general elections-2014 of India was held to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha, electing members of parliament for all 543 parliamentary constituencies of India. The elections were held in nine phases from 7 April to 12 May 2014. The results were declared on 16 May, fifteen days before the 15th Lok Sabha completes its constitutional mandate on 31 May 2014.
The National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, won a sweeping victory, taking 335 seats. The BJP itself won 31.0% of all votes and 282 (51.9%) of all seats. It is the first time since the 1984 Indian general elections that a party has won enough seats to govern without the support of other parties. The United Progressive Alliance, led by the Indian National Congress, won 58 seats, 44 (8.1%) of which were won by the Congress, that won 19.3% of all votes. It was the Congress party's worst defeat in a general election. BJP and its allies won the right to form the largest majority government since the 1984 general election.

    RESULTS (PARTYWISE):

    THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE (NDA):335 SEATS

 
    BJP: 283.
    Telugu Desam Party: 16
    Shiv Sena: 18
    Shiromani Akali Dal: 4
    Rashtriya Lok Samata Party: 3
    Apna Dal: 2
    Naga People's Front: 1
    National People's Party: 1
    Swabhimani Paksha: 1
    Pattali Makkal Katchi: 1
    All India N.R. Congress: 1

    THE UNITED PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE (UPA):56 SEATS.
    Indian National Congress: 44
    Rashtriya Janata Dal: 4
    Indian Union Muslim League: 2
    Kerala Congress: 1
    Jharkhand Mukti Morcha: 2
    Revolutionary Socialist Party (Rebel)*:1
    Janata Dal (United):2.

    OTHERS:
    All India Trinamool Congress: 34
    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam: 36
    Samajawadi Party: 5

33.    Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Laos who has been killed along with other senior officials in a plane crash in May 2014?
Douangchay Phichit.

34.    Founder chairman of The Leela Group of hotels who passed away on May 17, 2014?


Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair.
He was an Indian businessman, who founded Leela Lace Ltd., a textile company in 1957 and later became the Founder-Chairman of the Leela Group of Hotels, established in 1986 and a 2010 recipient of the Padma Bhushan, given by Government of India. The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) conferred him a Lifetime Achievement Award and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded him the Global 500 Roll of Honour award in 1999. He was also awarded the "Hotelier of The Century" Award by International Hotels and Restaurant Association, based in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2009. He stepped down as the chairman of Hotel Leela on 7 February 2013 and will be succeeded by his eldest son, Vivek Nair.

35.    Former Chairman and Managing Director of Tata Steel and a leading member of the Tata Group who passed away on May 16, 2014?
Russi Mody.
Mody joined Tata Steel in 1939 and he was promoted to the position of Director of Personnel in 1953. He took up the position of the Director of Raw Materials in 1965. In 1970, he was appointed as Director of Operations and became Joint Managing Director in 1972. Russi once accompanied Albert Einstein on piano while Einstein played violin. After retiring from Tata Steel in March 1993, the then Prime Minister of India, Shri P V Narasimha Rao appointed Mody as Joint Chairman of Indian Airlines and Air India. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1989.

36.    Chief Minister of Bihar who  resigned on May 17,2014 following the decimation of his Janata Dal United in the Lok Sabha elections where his party won just two seats?
Nitish Kumar.

37.    Which company acquired Dhamra Port in Odisha from Larsen & Toubro and Tata Steel at an enterprise value of Rs.5,500 crore?
Adani Group.
The Adani Group is a business conglomerate headquartered in India doing business in the resources, logistics, agribusiness and energy sectors. The Group is the largest port developer and operator in India with Mundra being the country’s largest commercial port. It owns Fortune, India’s largest edible oil brand through a joint venture with Willmar in Singapore. First generation entrepreneur Gautam Adani is the founder & chairman of Adani Group. The corporate headquarters of the company is situated in the city of Ahmedabad.

38.    Who topped the UK’s billionaire charts-2014 with a fortune of 11.9 billion pounds, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2014?
The Hinduja brothers.

39.    Who won the Rome Masters Women’s singles title-2014 defeating Sara Errani (Italy) in the final?
Serena Williams.

40.    Former Zimbabwe opener who has been appointed as the batting coach of Pakistan Cricket team?
Grant Flower.

41.    Which club won La Liga football title-2014?
Atletico Madrid.
La Liga is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system.

42.    In the recent general elections, the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat has been bagged by a woman candidate after a gap of 54 years. Who is she?


Meenakshi Lekhi.
Lawyer-turned-politician Lekhi, is the second woman to have gained victory on this seat after freedom fighter and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Sucheta Kriplani. Kriplani was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1952 and 1957 from the same constituency. Meenakshi Lekhi defeated sitting MP and Congress heavyweight Ajay Maken from New Delhi seat by 1.5 lakh votes.

43.    Which club won the FA Cup-2014?
Arsenal.
FA cup is world's oldest football cup competition. The 2014 FA Cup Final was contested between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on 17 May 2014. Hull City made their first appearance in an FA Cup Final, whilst Arsenal equalled Manchester United's record of 18 final appearances. It was the first time since 2010 that the FA Cup Final had taken place after the end of the Premier League season.

44.    Who has been appointed as the 23rd Chief Minister of Bihar?
Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Previously, he had served as minister for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes welfare in Nitish Kumar's cabinet.

45.    Who replaced David Moyes as the new manager for Manchester United on 19 May 2014?
Louis van Gaal

46.    Indian batting star who has been rated second behind British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton in the list of most marketable athletes by the UK magazine, 'SportsPro'?
Virat Kohli.

47.    Who won the Rome Masters Men’s singles title-2014 defeating f Rafael Nadal in the final?
Novak Djokovic.

48.    The three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his car to the finish line to claim his first season title, passed away on May 19, 2014?


Jack Brabham.
He was an Australian racing driver who was Formula One champion in 1959, 1960, and 1966. He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.
He is the only man to have won the championship driving a car bearing his name.

49.    Veteran Congress leader who was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term?
Nabam Tuki.
He succeeds Jarbom Gamlin as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

50.    Who has been appointed as the first woman Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus?

Major General Kristin Lund.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Major General Kristin Lund of Norway as the Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). She would take over the command force of 930 soldiers and 66 police on August 13, 2014. Lund would replace Major General Chao Liu from China, who led the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus since 2011.

51.    Former president of Egypt who was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment on May 21, 2014, for embezzling millions in public funds.
Hosni Mubarak.

52.    Who is appointed as the new coach of FC Barcelona for a two year deal?
 Luis Enrique Martíneza.
He replaces Gerardo Martino, who left after Barca finished second to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

53.    Who has become the first women chief minister of Gujarat?
Anandiben Patel.

54.    The United Nations blacklisted and imposed sanctions al-Qaeda-linked terror group on May 22, 2014, a month after it claimed the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. Which is that Islamic terrorist organisation?
Boko Haram.
Boko Haram was created 10 years ago, demands the creation of an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. Their attacks have left thousands dead since 2009.

55.    Which countries signed a long-awaited natural gas supply deal worth US$400 billion on May 21, 2014 in a diplomatic boost to show the unity of the two nations?
China and Russia.

56.    Former Prime Minister of Thailand who has been detained by military after the military seized power in a bloodless coup on 22 May 2014?
Yingluck Shinawatra.
Yingluck was Thailand's first female Prime Minister at the time and its youngest Prime Minister in over 60 years. Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of negligence by an anti-corruption commission. Yingluck was removed from office in a controversial court ruling earlier this month that set the stage for the military takeover announced by army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha. Thailand's Constitutional Court has dismissed caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office, ruling that she is guilty of violating the country's constitution for reassigning a senior security official in 2011.

57.    A ring belonging to 18th century ruler of Mysore has been auctioned in London recently and was sold for 145,000 Euros (nearly $197,870) by Christie's auction house. The ring belongs to which ruler?
Tipu Sultan.

58.    Former mining magnate of China who was sentenced to death on charges of leading a gang on a crime spree spanning two decades?
Liu Han.
Liu Han is the founder of Sichuan Hanlong Group, which is a majority shareholder of the Australian miner Moly Mines. A Chinese court handed down a death sentence to Liu Han who has with links to the eldest son of retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

59.    Man of the match winners of the 4 ODI cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and England held in England in May 2014:
First ODI between England and Sri Lanka held in Kennington Oval, London on May 22, 2014:
Man of the Match: Chris Jordan (England). He took 3 wickets and scored unbeaten 38 runs.
Result:  England won by 81 runs (D/L method).

Second ODI between England and Sri Lanka held in Chester-le-Street on May 25, 2014:
Man of the Match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)). He scored 88 runs.
Result:  Sri Lanka won by 157 runs.

Third ODI between England and Sri Lanka held in Manchester on May 28, 2014:
Man of the Match: Chris Jordan (England). He took 5 wickets.
Result:  England won by 10 wickets.

Fourth ODI between England and Sri Lanka held in Lords on May 31, 2014:
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler (England). He took 5 wickets.
Result:  Sri Lanka won by 7 runs.

60.    India’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, wicket-keeper batsman who passed away on May 23, 2014?

 Madhav Mantri.
He played in four Tests from 1951 to 1955. He captained Bombay to victory in three Ranji Trophy finals: 1951-52, 1955-56 and 1955-56. He captained Associated Cement Company to victory in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament in 1962-63. Mantri played his first Test against England in India in 1951-52 and toured England with the Indian team in 1952 (playing two Tests), and Pakistan in 1954-55 (one Test). His highest score was 200 for Bombay in their victory over Maharashtra in a semi-final of the Ranji Trophy in 1948-49. Mantri was the uncle of former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar.

61.    Who is elected as the 10th Chief Minister of Nagaland?
T. R. Zeliang.
A leader of the Nagaland People's Front, Zeliang took over the reins from former chief minister Neiphiu Rio following the latter's move to national-level politics in Delhi.

62.    Who became the world's most expensive defender when he completed his move from Chelsea to Paris St Germain?
David Luiz.
Paris St. Germain have made a world-record bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The French giants are prepared to pay 50 million pounds ($84 million) for the Brazilian center half, making him the world’s most expensive defender.

63.    Which country won Uber Cup 2014 badminton title defeating Japan in the final?
China.
China won the Uber Cup for the 13th time and it was China’s eighth title from the last nine editions.

64.    Who is the winner of 8th Tashkent International Open (Memorial of Georgy Agzamov) that was held on 14-24th May in Tashkent, Uzbekistan?
Abhijeet Gupta. (India).

65.    13-year-old poor Indian schoolgirl who has become the youngest female to summit Mount Everest?

Malavath Purna.
Malavath Purna, on 25 May 2014 scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and, aged 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest. She was born at Pakala village, Nizamabad district of Telangana state of India on 10 June 2000.
Her parents are daily wageworkers. Extremely good in studies and extracurricular activities, she grabbed the opportunity by undergoing a four-stage screening test.

66.    Which club won the 2014 UEFA Champions League defeating Atletico Madrid?
Real Madrid.
Real Madrid won the match 4–1 after extra time.

67.    Who won the Monaco Formula one Grand Prix-2014?
Nico Rosberg.

68.    Which film won the Palme d'Or (English: Golden Palm) award in the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival which was held from 14 to 25 May 2014?
Winter Sleep.
The Turkish film Winter Sleep is directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
Other awards in the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival:

Julianne Moore won the best actress prize or her portrayal of a demented Hollywood diva in Maps to the Stars. Timothy Spall took the best actor prize for his portrayal of a marine painter in Mr. Turner. Bennett Miller was named as best director for his work on Foxcatcher.

69.    Which country has the maximum infant deaths in the world according to a research led by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine states?
India.
According to that research, India recorded 779,000 deaths in 2012. It was followed by Nigeria with 276,000 deaths, Pakistan with 202,400 deaths, China with 157,000 deaths and the Democratic Republic of Congo with 118,000 deaths. Together, the five countries contribute to half of the total infant deaths in the world.

70.    Who is the only Muslim minister in the cabinet of Narendra Modi?
Dr. Najma Akbarali Heptulla.
She is the Minister of Minority Affairs in the Government of India. She is a former vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a five time member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian parliament, between 1986 and 2012, and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha for sixteen years.

71.    Which country has banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft Corp's latest operating system?
China.

72.    Which country won the Thomas Cup -2014 defeating Malaysia in the final?
Japan.
The Thomas Cup, sometimes called the World Men's Team Championships, is an international badminton competition among teams representing member nations of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's global governing body. The championships have been conducted every two years since the 1982 tournament.

73.    Who has been appointed as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
Nripendra Mishra.
He is a 1967-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS official who retired five years ago as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Modi appointed IAS officer A.K. Sharma and Indian Forest Service officer Bharat Lal as joint secretaries in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Both officers are from the 1988 batch, and were part of Modi's government in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister.

74.    Who has been appointed as the India's fifth National Security Adviser (NSA)?
Ajit Kumar Doval.
He is a 1969-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Kerala cadre and retired as the Intelligence Bureau director in 2005.

75.    Who has been appointed as the new Attorney General of India?
Mukul Rohatgi.
He is the 14th Attorney General of India. He was appointed by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government after the 2014 General Elections. He is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He has also served earlier as Additional Solicitor General of India.

76.    Central Ministers and their Portfolios.
The cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have 45-member Council of Ministers. Out of these, 24 are Cabinet Ministers. Ten are Ministers of State with Independent Charge, while the rest are Ministers of State. Newly appointed cabinet minister Gopinath Munde, who was in charge of the Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, and Drinking Water and Sanitation portfolios, died in a car crash in Delhi on 3 June 2014. Cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari, who is in charge of Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping, was given additional charge of Munde's portfolios .
Listed below are the 46 ministers in Modi's Cabinet:
Cabinet ministers:

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space, All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
Rajnath Singh – Home Affairs
Sushma Swaraj – External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Arun Jaitley – Finance, Corporate Affairs, Defence
M.Venkaiah Naidu – Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
D.V. Sadananda Gowda – Railways
Uma Bharti – Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Najma Heptullah – Minority Affairs
Gopinath Munde – Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
Ramvilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Kalraj Mishra – Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Maneka Gandhi – Women and Child Development
Ananth Kumar – Chemicals and Fertilizers
Ravi Shankar Prasad – Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice
Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati – Civil Aviation
Anant Geete – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries
Narendra Singh Tomar – Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
Jual Oram – Tribal Affairs
Radha Mohan Singh – Agriculture
Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment
Smriti Zubin Irani – Human Resource Development
Dr Harsh Vardhan - Health and Family Welfare

Ministers of State:

General (Retd) V K Singh – Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Inderjit Singh Rao – Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Defence
Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Shripad Yesso Naik – Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge)
Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
Sarbananda Sonowal – Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
Prakash Javadekar – Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
Piyush Goyal – Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
Jitendra Singh – Science and Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
Nirmala Sitharaman – Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance, Corporate Affairs
G M Siddeshwara – Civil Aviation
Manoj Sinha – Railways
Nihalchand – Chemicals and Fertilizers
Upendra Kushwaha – Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
Radhakrishnan P – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Kiren Rijiju – Home Affairs
Krishan Pal – Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Agriculture, Food Processing Industries.
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava – Tribal Affairs
Raosaheb Dadarao Danve – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Vishnu Deo Sai – Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
Sudarshan Bhagat – Social Justice and Empowerment.

77.    Who is sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Sikkim for the record fifth consecutive time?
Pawan Kumar Chamling.
He is the fifth chief minister of Sikkim. Chamling is the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front, which has governed the state for five successive terms since 1994.He is also one of the longest standing Chief Minister of India. Chamling is the only chief minister of India who has governed a state four terms in a row, with his party Sikkim Democratic Front winning the 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 Sikkim legislative assembly elections. He became the chief minister fifth time, a record previously hold by Jyoti Basu who ruled West Bengal from 1977 to 2000.

78.    Who is the new Chief Minister of Odisha?
Naveen Patnaik.
He is the 14th Chief Minister of Odisha.

79.    What is the name given to the Indian Super League football franchise in Kochi (Kerala) which is owned by former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?
Kerala Blasters FC.

80.    Who was selected as the goodwill ambassador of 35th National Games that is scheduled to be held in Kerala in January-February 2015?
Sachin Tendulkar.

81.    Amway India Chairman and Chief Executive who was arrested and remanded in judicial custody by Andhra Pradesh Police on May 27, 2014 in connection with a criminal case registered against the direct-selling company?
William S Pinckney.
He was arrested by the police under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act (PCMCS).

82.    Which state won the overall championship in the 38th national Arm Wrestling Championship in Agra From 21st to 25th May 2014?
Kerala.

83.    Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader who has been appointed as the Protem Speaker in the new Lok Sabha?
Kamal Nath.

84.    African-American poet and author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” passed away on May 28, 2014?
Maya Angelou.
She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. . The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Her seven autobiographies are listed below:
•    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): Up to 1944 (age 17)
•    Gather Together in My Name (1974): 1944–48
•    Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976): 1949–55
•    The Heart of a Woman (1981): 1957–62
•    All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986): 1962–65
•    A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002): 1965–68
•    Mom & Me & Mom (2013)

85.    Egypt's former military chief was sworn in as the new President of Egypt?
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
He is the sixth president of Egypt.

86.    Who were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition held on May 29, 2014?
Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe.
Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, were joint winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For the first time in 52 years, two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history and the first since 1962.

87.    On 29 May 2014, which Indian company announced it would be acquiring control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd, including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd.?
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL).
Network18 Media & Investments Limited is an Indian mass media company with interests in television, print, internet, film, mobile content and allied businesses. Network 18 FinCap is the holding company for several media entities in India such as Television Eighteen India Ltd (TV18), HomeShop18, CNN-IBN, First Post, IBN 18 Broadcast Ltd, Web 18, Studio 18, Shop 18, Infomedia 18, and Viacom 18.

88.    The owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and English soccer club Manchester United, who passed away on May 28, 2014?
Malcolm Glazer.
He was an American businessman and sports team owner. He was the president and chief executive officer of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for his varied business interests, and owned both Manchester United of the Premier League and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

89.    Who is elected as the fifth President of Ukraine?
Petro Poroshenko.
He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010 and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank. He owns, along with a number of other companies, a large-scale confectionery business, which has earned him the nickname of 'Chocolate King'. He was elected president on 25 May 2014.

90.    Who has been appointed as the new President of Malawi on May 21, 2014?
Peter Mutharika.
He has held positions as Minister of Justice and later as Minister for Education, Science and Technology. Mutharika also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012. He was charged to help bridge relations between Malawi and the United Kingdom due to the deterioration of public diplomacy between the two nations after the Chocrane-Dyet controversy.



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