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Saturday, 3 January 2015

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS-AUGUST 2014

1.    Man of the Match winners of 2 Test Cricket series played between India and England held in England in August 2014:
Fourth test between India and England held in Nottingham from August 7-9, 2014:
Man of the match: Stuart Broad (England). He took 6 wickets in first innings.
Result: England won by an innings and 54 runs.

Fifth test between India and England held in London from August 15-17, 2014:
Man of the match: Joe Root (England). He scored unbeaten 149 runs in first innings.
Result: England won by an innings and 244 runs.

2.    Who won the Player of the series award in the five test cricket series (Pataudi Trophy 2014) between India and England held in England in 2014?
James Anderson (England) and Bhuvneswar Kumar (India).

3.    On August 6, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee removed the Governor of Mizoram from governorship with barely four months left for her tenure citing ‘misuse’ of office in Gujarat. Name that Governor?
Kamla Beniwal.

4.    Which country tops in the medal tally of the Common Wealth Games-2014 held in Glasgow?
England (174 Medals: 58 Gold, 59 Silver, 57 Bronze)
Second-Australia (137 Medals: 49 Gold, 42 Silver, 46 Bronze)
Third-Canada (82 Medals: 32 Gold, 16 Silver, 34 Bronze)
Fourth-Scotland (53 Medals: 19 Gold, 15 Silver, 19 Bronze)
Fifth-India (64 Medals: 15 Gold, 30 Silver, 19 Bronze)

5.    The Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka on August 1, 2014  tendered unqualified apology to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over an alleged derogatory article posted on Sri Lankan army`s website. What is the title of that article?
`How meaningful are Jayalalitha`s love letters to Narendra Modi? `

6.    Which country vetoed from the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), fearing that the country might have to compromise on its food security?
India.
In December, 2013 a trade agreement, called the Bali Package, was signed among all the WTO members (159 countries) in Bali, Indonesia aiming at lowering global trade barriers. TFA, which is a part of the Bali Package, aims at reducing the bureaucratic obligations in import-export of goods among the signatories. But the problem with the TFA arises with the clause that restricts the agricultural subsidies to 10 percent of the total agricultural production. If the limit is crossed then other nations can impose a trade penalty for disobeying the rule. But India vetoed the proposal at a late stage, demanding greater concessions over farm subsidies and agricultural stockpiles.

7.     Who has been appointed Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala, following the transfer of Manjula Chellur to the Kolkata High Court?
Ashok Bhushan.

8.    Who has been appointed as the head coach of the Dutch national Football team, since 1 August 2014?
Guus Hiddink.
 He replaced Louis van Gaal and to be succeeded by Danny Blind after UEFA Euro 2016.

9.    The Ever last brand gloves that Muhammad Ali used against an American professional boxer in their highly touted “Fight of the Century” match were recently sold to an anonymous bidder for nearly $400,000. Who is that American boxer?
Joe Frazier.
 The auction was held at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Ali lost that particular fight, “Fight of the Century” match, which dragged on for 15 rounds at New York's Madison Square Garden. It was the first of three fights fought between the two boxers, according to Heritage Auctions. The hype around the fight was heavily politicized because of Ali's refusal to fight in the Vietnam War.
    Ali’s brown Ever last gloves are more than 40 years old, but still in tiptop condition. These gloves were found in the collection of Angelo Dundee, Ali’s trainer, and the same person who cut off the gloves from Ali’s hands (gloves are tied and taped before every match) after the fight.

10.    Who became India's only second male athlete to win gold at the Commonwealth Games after the legendary Milkha Singh won the 440 yard gold way back in 1958 at Cardiff?
Vikas Gowda.
Vikas Gowda won India's first athletics medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games when he won the discus throw gold in the final at the Hampden Park Stadium.

11.    The chairman and managing director of Syndicate Bank who has been arrested by CBI on August 2, 2014 for allegedly accepting a bribe to enhance the credit limit of private companies bypassing rules?
Sudhir Kumar Jain.
The CBI nabbed Syndicate Bank's chairman-cum-managing director SK Jain for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 50 lakh to increase the credit limit of a private company. The agency also arrested 11 others, including the CMD of Prakash Industries, a Delhi-based steel company. This firm was booked by the CBI in March this year in it coal-block allocation scam probe for alleged misrepresentation.

12.     Which club won the Champions Trophy held in Beijing on August 2, 2014 with a 2-0 win over Guingamp?
PSG. (Paris St Germain.)
French Ligue 1 title-holders Paris Saint-Germain added the Champions Trophy to their growing list of accolades with a 2-0 win over Cup winners Guingamp.

13.    Which country has signed three agreements with Nepal in August 2014 which include grant assistance worth NRs 69 million to supply iodated salt to curb goitre and other diseases related with iodine deficiency?
India.
Under the first agreement, India will provide grant assistance worth NRs 69 million to supply iodated salt to curb goitre and other diseases related to iodine deficiency. The second agreement was regarding the amendment of Articles 17 and 18 of the Pancheswor Multiple Project. The third agreement is about cooperation between Nepal Television and Doordarshan, the state-owned television stations of both the countries.

14.    A mysterious blue lake has miraculously appeared in a desert region in an African Country in August 2014. Which is that country?


Tunisia.
The lake is found in southern Tunisia, about 25 kilometers from a place called Gafsa. The region is quite well known because it's where phosphate is mined. The lake is about a hectare in width, and it's believed to be between 10 and 18 meters deep. It's not entirely clear yet how this water has appeared and how this lake has formed. Shepherds reportedly discovered this lake in the desert.

15.    Who took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff of India on August 1, 2014?
Lieutenant General Philip Campose.
Philip Campose took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on August 1, in place of General Dalbir Singh, who has assumed charge as Chief of Army Staff.

16.    The 2014 Citi Open Tennis Winners:
The Citi Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 46th edition (for the men) and the 4th edition (for the women) of the event known this year as the Citi Open, and was part of the ATP World Tour 500 series of the 2014 ATP World Tour, and of the WTA International tournaments of the 2014 WTA Tour. It took place at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C., United States, from July 26 to August 3, 2014.
Winners of the 2014 Citi Open:
Men’s Singles Winner- Milos Raonic (Canada). He defeated Vasek Pospisil in the final.
Women’s Singles Winner- Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia). She defeated Kurumi Nara in the final.
Men’s Doubles Winner- Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania). They defeated Sam Groth (Australia) and Leander Paes (India) in the final.
Women’s Doubles Winner- Shuko Aoyama (Japan) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada). They defeated Hiroko Kuwata (Japan) and Kurumi Nara (Japan) in the final.

17.    Who won the WTA Women’s title 2014 held in Stanford?
Serena Williams.
She defeated Angelique Kerber (Germany) in the final.

18.    British minister who resigned from her position as a senior foreign office minister on August 5, 2014, saying she could no longer support the government's policy on the conflict between Israel and Hamas
Sayeeda Warsi.
She was the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet.

19.    Which Football Club won the Emirates Cup 2014?
Valencia. (Spanish Club).
The 2014 Emirates Cup was a two-day pre-season men's football friendly tournament hosted by English Premier League club Arsenal and held at the Emirates Stadium, the club's home ground. French club AS Monaco defeated Arsenal 1-0 as Spanish club Valencia won the Emirates Cup.

20.    Who becomes the first Indian to win a gold in Badminton singles after a long gap of 32 years in 2014 commonwealth games?
Parupalli Kashyap.
He is India’s badminton sensation who hails from Andhra Pradesh.

21.    Senior advocate and former Solicitor-General who withdrew as amicus curiae in Padmanabhaswamy Temple Case on 4 August 2014?
Gopal Subramanium.
In August 2012, the Supreme Court appointed senior counsel and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae to assist it in the case relating to Kerala's famed Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple, which had been taken over by the state on the high court's order. Mr. Subramanium’s report on the condition of the temple and its assets in Thiruvananthapuram had created a storm. The report had complained of corruption and disregard of ethics in the temple’s administration.
   
22.    Who become the first Indian woman gymnast and second person from India to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games?
Dipa Karmakar.
Dipa, the 20-year-old from Tripura collected 14.366 points to won the bronze medal in the women’s vault final in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The gold went to England’s Claudia Fragapane who got 14.633 points while Elsabeth Black was second with 14.433 points
In the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Ashish Kumar became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the CWG by winning a silver in vault and bronze in floor events.

23.    The chairman and managing director of Bank of Baroda (BoB) who has been appointed as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
S. S. Mundra.
He has been given a three-year term as deputy governor of RBI. Of the four deputy governors, two are selected from outside RBI, while the other two are from within. Of the two outsiders, one is a commercial banker and the other an economist.  Earlier in July, RBI extended Deputy Governor H R Khan's term by two years.

24.    Noted filmmaker who has been selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award-2014 for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.
Muzaffar Ali.
The award carries a citation and cash award of Rs 5 lakh.He has directed the Bollywood classic “Umrao Jaan”. Ali also directed over one-and-a-half dozen movies including Gaman and Khizan. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2005.

25.    Which countries have declared states of emergency in August 2014 due to Ebola outbreak?
Liberia and Sierra Leone.

26.    The Spain midfielder who has announced his retirement from international football in August, 2014?

Xavi.
Xavi made his international debut in 2000, the same year as he helped Spain win an Olympic silver medal in Australia. Further success came in 2008 when he was named player of the tournament as Spain won the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, the country’s first international success since 1964.
Two years later Xavi was a key part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup-(2010) for the first time in their history, and then in 2012 he helped his country retain their Euro crown in Poland and Ukraine. He is currently playing for the Barcelona.

27.    Who has been elected as the President of the Libyan Council of Deputies on 5 August 2014?
Aguila Saleh Issa.

28.    Man of the Match winners of 2 Test Cricket series played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Sri Lanka in August 2014:
First test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Galle from August 6-10, 2014:
Man of the match: Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka). He took 3 wickets in first innings and 6 wickets in second innings.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.

Second test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Colombo from August 14-18, 2014:
Man of the match: Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka). He took 9 wickets in first innings and 5 wickets in second innings.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 105 runs.
Series Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0.

29.    Who won the Player of the series award in the two test cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Sri Lanka in 2014?
Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka).

30.    Who has been appointed Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala (CUK)?
G. Gopakumar.
Central University of Kerala (CUK) is one of the 15 new Central Universities established under The Central Universities Act, 2009 (Act No.25 of 2009).
31.    Which club won the 2014 International Champions Cup beating Liverpool (3-1) in the final?
Manchester United.
32.    Which country has banned its male citizens from marrying women from four countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar?
 Saudi Arabia.

33.    Veteran stage and screen actress who won two National Film Awards as producer of the films Kalat Nakalat (1989) and Tu Tithe Mee (1998), passed away on August 6, 2014?
Smita Talwalkar.
Talwalkar was well acclaimed for the roles she played in films such as 'Chavkat Raja', 'Tu Tithe Me', and 'Saat Chya Aat Gharat'. Her performance in 'Avantika' and 'Un-Paaus' serials were well applauded by viewers.

34.    Football referee who has announced his retirement from refereeing in August 2014 after 25 years of officiating the game?
Howard Webb.
Webb was a highly regarded official and took charge of more than 500 Barclays Premier League and Football League matches. He also officiated in two World Cups, two European Championships and the Champions League. In 2010 Webb became the first referee to take charge of the UEFA Champions League Final and the FIFA World Cup Final in the same year.

35.    Sri Lanka batsman who scored his 10th double hundred in the 1st Test match against Pakistan played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in August 2014?
Kumar Sangakkara.
Kumar Sangakkara struck a sparkling 221 to move to the second spot in the all-time list of Test double centurions. His double century put him just two behind Australian great Don Bradman's 12.

36.    Which club won the 2014 FA community Shield?
Arsenal.
The 2014 FA Community Shield was the 92nd FA Community Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup. The game was played between Arsenal, who beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final, and Manchester City, champions of the 2013–14 Premier League.

37.    The 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships was held in?
 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

38.     American distance swimmer who holds the current record in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle (long course)?

Katie Ledecky.
At the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Ledecky won five gold medals and broke two world records. Her wins came in the 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle and the 4x200-meter freestyle. Her world records came in the 400- and 1500-meter freestyles, with times of 3:58.37 and 15:28.36, respectively. Ledecky almost broke the world record in the 800-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 8:11.35.

39.    Which pair won the first squash medal for India in the Commonwealth Games?
Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal.
They give India first squash medal in the Commonwealth Games by defeating Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England.

40.    The rowing coach of Odisha who has been selected for the prestigious Dronacharya award for 2014?
Jose Jacob.

41.    Who won the Toronto Masters Tennis Men’s title-2014(Rogers Cup-2014) defeating Roger Federer in the final?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
It was Tsonga's second career Masters 1000 title, coming almost six years after his first at Paris Bercy in 2008.

42.    Chelsea's Ivory Coast forward who has announced his retirement from international football on August 8, 2014?
Didier Drogba.
The Chelsea striker scored 65 goals in 104 appearances for Ivory Coast over a 12-year period. He played in three World Cups.

43.    Who won the Man of the match award in the only test played between South Africa and Zimbabwe held in Zimbabwe from August 9-12, 2014?
Dane Piedt (South Africa).
He took 4 wickets each in both innings.
Result: South Africa won by 9 wickets.

44.    Who won the Toronto Masters Tennis Women’s title-2014(Rogers Cup-2014) defeating Venus Williams in the final?

Agnieszka Radwanska. (Poland).

45.    What is the name given to the Indian airline established as a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines?
Vistara.
The new carrier was announced in 2013 and will be a full-service airline based in New Delhi. It will commence operations on 9 January 2015. The maiden flight will fly between Delhi and Mumbai. The two companies will initially invest a combined US$100 million to start the carrier, with Tata Sons owning 51 per cent and Singapore Airlines owning the remaining 49 per cent.

46.    Germany striker, who scored a total of 16 goals at four World Cup finals, announced his retirement from international football on August 11, 2014?
Miroslav Klose.
In the FIFA World Cup-2014, he surpassed former Brazil striker Ronaldo's record of 15 as Germany lifted the trophy for the first time in 24 years. Klose also has the distinction of being Germany's all-time top goal scorer with 71 goals from 137 internationals.

47.    Cameroon striker who has announced his retirement from international football on August 28, 2014 through a tweet posted on his personal account?
Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o holds the title of all-time leading goal-scorer for the Cameroon National team, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament. He made the third most appearances for his nation with 118 total appearances since his first call-up to the National team in 1997.

48.    The English Player who has announced his retirement from international football in August 2014?
Frank Lampard.
Lampard made his 106th and final appearance for England in the goalless draw with Costa Rica at the World Cup as captain. Lampard left Chelsea after 13 years at Stamford Bridge, joining the new MLS franchise New York City, before agreeing a short-term deal to join the Premier League champions, Manchester City.

49.     American actor and comedian who committed suicide on August 11, 2014 struggling with his Parkinson's, anxiety, depression and paranoia?
Robin Williams.
               After his film debut in Popeye (1980), he starred or co-starred in widely acclaimed films, including The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Aladdin (1992), Good Will Hunting (1997), and One Hour Photo (2002), as well as financial successes such as Hook (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), and Night at the Museum (2006).

50.    Arjuna Award Winners-2014:
The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. Instituted in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of   500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll.
Fifteen sports personalities have been recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Awards-2014. The 12-member selection committee, headed by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, decided not to name any sportsperson out of the seven candidates for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. This is the third time no sportsperson has been named for the Khel Ratna since the inception of the country's highest sporting award in 1991.
Here is the list of winners:
Ravichandra Aswin (Cricket) ,Akhilesh Varma (archery), Tintu Luka (athletics), H N Girisha (paralympics), V Diju (badminton), Geetu Ann Jose (basketball), Jai Bhagwan (boxing), Anirban Lahiri (golf), Mamta Pujari (kabaddi), Saji Thomas (rowing), Heena Sidhu (shooting), Anaka Alankamony (squash), Tom Joseph (volleyball), Renubala Chanu (weightlifting) and Sunil Rana (wrestling).

51.    Name the first spacecraft which orbit around and land on a comet?
Rosetta.
Rosetta, the spacecraft of the European Space Agency (ESA) which have completed an amazing 10 year journey to arrive in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first mission designed to orbit and land on a comet, with the potential to gain further understanding on how life started on Earth.
Rosetta was launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou on March 2, 2004 on an Ariane 5G rocket. Her journey involved a distance of 800 million kilometres (500 million miles) from the Sun, making an orbit of Jupiter and also involved passing by Earth three times and Mars once, while also flying past two asteroids.
Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket and reached the comet on 6 August 2014, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.

52.    Specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) which declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread?
The World Health Organisation (WHO).

53.    Which boat won the prestigious 62nd Nehru trophy Boat Race at Punnamada Lake in Kerala?
Champakkulam Chundan.

54.    Playback singer who has been selected for the Harivarasanam Award instituted by the State government of Kerala for contributions towards promoting religious amity and national integration?
P. Jayachandran.
The award, instituted by the Devaswom Department in association with the Sabarimala Dharma Sastha Temple since 2012, comprises Rs.50, 000 and a citation. The award was first presented to K.J. Yesudas in 2012 and to Jayan of the Jaya-Vijaya duo in 2013.

55.    Indian Origin Mathematician who has won the prestigious Fields Medal, known as the 'Nobel Prize for mathematics'?
Manjul Bhargava.
Manjul Bhargava, a Canadian-American professor of mathematics at Princeton University, was among four winners of the celebrated award. The other three winners of the prize are Prof Martin Hairer from the University of Warwick, (UK), Dr Artur Avila, a Brazilian mathematician who earned his PhD in dynamical systems at the age of 21and Maryam Mirzakhani of Iran.
       Mr Bhargava "is awarded a Fields Medal for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves," according to the award citation.

56.    Who won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 held in Seoul?
   Subhash Khot.

57.    Who has become the first ever female winner of the Fields Medal, known as the 'Nobel Prize for mathematics'?
Maryam Mirzakhani.

58.    Narendra Modi becomes the first Prime Minister to vote in Lok sabha in last 10 years when he casted his vote on 13-08-2014. Narendra Modi voted in the Lok Sabha on which bill?
The Constitution amendment bill to scrap the collegium system of judicial appointments.

59.    Which club beat Real Madrid to win Spanish Super Cup-2014?
Athletico Madrid.
Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid who overcame star-studded city rivals Real to win the Spanish Super Cup.

60.    The UN has declared its highest level of emergency in a country in western Asia as a humanitarian crisis follows the advance by Islamic State (IS) militants in the north. Which is that country?
Iraq.

61.    Who has been chosen to succeed Alejandro Sabella as Argentina coach?
Gerardo Martino.
 Martino will replace Alejandro Sabella, who stepped down after Argentina's loss to Germany in last month's World Cup final.

62.    Who has been sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh by a Delhi court on August 14, 2014 for the murder of Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi?
Sher Singh Rana.
Rana killed Phoolan Devi to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in 2001. He surrendered before the police after the crime.

63.    The Lok Sabha passed the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 and Constitutional Amendment Bill on?
August 13, 2014.
The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill will provide for wider consultations on appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts. The Lok Sabha passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill to scrap the collegium system of appointing Supreme Court and High Court judges and cleared the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014 to regulate the procedure. The members also passed the 99th Constitution Amendment Bill, which gives Constitutional status to the proposed Commission, with 367 voting in favour and no one against it.

64.    Who has been awarded the Ashok Chakra (2014), the nation’s highest peace-time gallantry award?

Major Mukund Varadarajan.
Major Mukund Varadarajan, who killed three terrorists in Kashmir before he was shot dead in April this year.
Flt Lt Suhas Biswas was the first Indian Air Force officer to be awarded the Ashoka Chakra. Subsequent awards of the Ashoka Chakra are recognized by a bar to the medal ribbon.

65.    Which club won the German Super Cup (2014) beating Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final?
 Borussia Dortmund.

66.    The former Sri Lanka captain who retired from test cricket on August 18, 2014 after the match against Pakistan?
Mahela Jayawardene.
 The elegant right-hander is one of only five batsmen to score more than 11,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket — the others being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and team-mate Kumar Sangakkara. Jayawardene finished with 11,814 runs in 149 Tests with 34 centuries, but his average dropped from 50.02 to 49.84 after making four and 54 in his final Test at the SSC.
  
67.    Which Asian country created history in Tromso (Norway) by winning their first-ever team bronze in the Chess Olympiad (2014)?
India.

68.    Who becomes the first Indian to play 100 Olympiad games?
K Sasikiran.

69.    Who has become the first player of Indian origin to be a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he signed a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US?
Sim Bhullar.

70.     Founder Chairman & President of Sree Narayan Mandira Samiti who passed away on August 18, 2014?
Dr. K K Damodaran.
Dr.K.K.Damodaran was the founder Chairman of Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, which was established in Mumbai in 1963 by a group of likeminded people. The Objective of the Samiti is to promote and propagate the teaching of Sree Narayana Guru. Dr.K.K.Damodaran is also an eminent scientist and was Head of Training Division at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai before his retirement in 1981.

71.    Sri Lankan left-arm spinner who has become the first Sri Lankan bowler since Muttiah Muralitharan to take 9 wickets in an innings after taking 9/127 in the 2nd Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the SSC in Colombo in August 2014?
Rangana Herath.

72.    Name the largest indigenously built warship of India which is inducted to the Indian Navy by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16, 2014?
INS Kolkata.
INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and was handed over to the navy on 10 July 2014 after completing her sea trials. INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochi and INS Chennai respectively.

73.    Who has been appointed as the chairman of Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others?
Rajni Razdan.

74.    Northern state of India which has been selected as venue to host Paragliding World Cup 2015?
Himachal Pradesh.
The tournament will be held in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh from October 25, 2015.
 This will be the first para-gliding World Cup to be hosted in India. The tournament will be organized under the auspices of Para-gliding World Cup Association, France.

75.    Which professional football club won The 2014 UEFA Super Cup?
Real Madrid.
The 2014 UEFA Super Cup was the 39th edition of the UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The match featured two Spanish teams Real Madrid and Sevilla, the winners of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League and the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League respectively. Real Madrid won 2–0 to win their second UEFA Super Cup, with both goals by Cristiano Ronaldo.

76.    Former all-rounder who has been appointed as the director of the Indian Cricket team for the ODI series against England, sidelining head coach Duncan Fletcher?
Ravi Shastri.

77.    Which state became the overall team champions in the recently concluded 18th Federation Cup Athletics championship in Patiala?
Tamil Nadu.
Siddhant Thingalaya and MR Poovamma were adjudged the ‘best athletes’ of the championships. Tamil Nadu collected 125 points to earn top distinction, while Kerala was second with 121 points and ONGC finished third with 120 points.

78.    Human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities on August 20, 2014 walked free from a prison hospital a day after a session court in Imphal ordered her release.?
Irom Sharmila
She has been held in detention in Manipur for over 14 years on repeated charges of attempted suicide. She has been on a hunger strike since November 2000 demanding the repeal of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). She is also known as the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ or ‘Mengoubi’ (the fair one).

79.    Who becomes the world’s oldest livingman on August 20, 2014, according to Guinness World Records?
Sakari Momoi (Japan).
Japan’s Sakari Momoi is the world’soldest livingman aged 111 years 196 days old.
Mr. Momoi took the title after Mr. Alexander Imich (NY, United States) passed away on 8 June 2014 aged 111 years 124 days.

80.    World renowned yoga exponent who was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, passed away on August 20, 2014?
B.K.S. Iyengar

81.    American journalist and video reporter who was beheaded in August 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State, IS) as a response to American airstrikes in Iraq?


James Foley.
He becomes the first American citizen killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While working as a freelance war correspondent during the Syrian Civil War, he was abducted on November 22, 2012, in north-western Syria.

82.    The military leader who took control of Thailand in a coup in May who has been named as the Prime Minister of Thailand?


Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha
He was chosen as prime minister by the National Legislative Assembly, whose members were handpicked by the junta last month. He was the sole candidate for the post. Members of the assembly were chosen by Prayuth; more than half are also in the military. Prayuth seized control of the country on May 22, 2014 after months of unrest destabilized the elected government, led by former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

83.    Man of the match winners of 3 ODI cricket matches between West Indies and Bangladesh held in West Indies in August 2014:
First ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh held in Grenada on August 20, 2014:
Man of the match: Keron Pollard (West Indies).He scored 89 runs.
Result: West Indies won by 3 wickets.

Second ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh held in Grenada on August 22, 2014:
Man of the match: Sunil Narine (West Indies).He took 3 wickets conceding just 17 runs in 7 overs.
Result: West Indies won by 177 runs.

Third ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh held in St Kitts on August 25, 2014:
Man of the match: Denesh Ramdin (West Indies).He scored 169 runs.
Result: West Indies won by 91 runs.

84.    Who won the player of the series award in the three ODI cricket matches played between West Indies and Bangladesh held in West Indies in August 2014?
Denesh Ramdin (West Indies).
Series West Indies won the 3-match series 3-0.

85.     Jnanpith award winner and critic in the Kannada language who passed away on August 22, 2014?
U.R. Ananthamurthy.
He is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. He is the sixth writer to be honoured with theJnanpith Award for the Kannada language in 1994, the highest literary honour conferred in India. In 1998, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India. He was the vice-chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala during the late 1980s. He was one of the finalists of Man Booker International Prize for the year 2013. His autobiography is “suragi”. His famous novels are Samskara, Bharathipura, Avasthe, Bhava and Divya.

86.    U.S.-based economist who has been appointed as chief economic adviser to Prime Minister “Narendra Modi”?
Arvind Subramanian.

87.    Who currently holds the World Records for the 50 metres breast stroke completing the distance in 26.62 seconds, and the 4 x 100 metre mixed medley?
Adam Peaty.
 Peaty won two gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 100 metre breaststroke and the 4x100m medley relay events.

88.    The first World Ocean Science Congress 2015, aimed at forming a collective action for sustainable practices of ocean management, is scheduled to be held in?
Kochi (Kerala).

89.    India's first indigenously built submarine hunting ship which was handed over to the Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata on August 23, 2014?
INS Kamorta.
INS Kamorta is the first of four anti-submarine Kamorta-class stealth corvettes which has been built for the Indian Navy. It was named after Kamorta Island in Nicobar Islands, India.

90.    Maharashtra Governor who has resigned from his post, hours after he was transferred to Mizoram by the BJP government?
K Sankaranarayanan.

91.    Cameroonian striker who has died after being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands during an Algerian league game on August 23, 2014?
Albert Ebosse.

92.    Who won the New Haven women’s tennis Title-2014 (the Connecticut Open-2014) defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in the final?
Petra Kvitova.

93.    Which country won the 2014 Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship?
South Korea.
The 2014 Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship was held in Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty, Kazakhstan from 18 to 24 August 2014.

94.    Who won the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix Formula 1 Motor race?
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull).
The 2014 Belgian Grand Prix (formally the 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 24 August 2014 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. It was the twelfth round of the 2014 Formula One season, and the 70th Belgian Grand Prix.

95.    Which country won the Asian Team Snooker Championship-2014 by defeating Pakistan (3-1) in the final?
India.

96.    The acclaimed actor and film director of the Oscar-winning epic Gandhi, passed away on August 24, 2014?
Richard Attenborough.
As a film director and producer, Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. He made his directorial debut with the 1969 musical “Oh! What a Lovely War”.

97.    Who scored the fastest goal in the history of the Bundesliga on August 23, 2014, needing just nine seconds?
Karim Bellarabi.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history, needing just nine seconds to bury one past Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller in the match of the day.

98.    The French Prime Minister who resigned on August 25, 2014 after only five months in office but will form a new government excluding a senior minister who attacked his economic policy?

Manuel Valls.

99.    Which country won the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup-2014 defeating Nigeria in the final?
Germany.

100.     Former Delhi chief minister who resigned as Kerala governor on August 26, 2014?
Sheila Dikshit.

101.    Man of the Match winners of 3 ODI Cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in August 2014:
First ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Hambantota on August 23, 2014:
Man of the Match: Sohaib Maqsood (Pakistan). He scored unbeaten 89 runs.
Result: Pakistan won by 4 wickets.
Second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Hambantota on August 26, 2014:
Man of the Match: Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka). He scored 65 runs from 36 balls and took 3 wickets.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 77 runs.

Third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Dambulla on August 30, 2014:
Man of the Match: Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka). He took 4 wickets.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.
Series Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 2-1.

102.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the three ODI cricket matches between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in August 2014?
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka).

103.     English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or defensive midfielder for Manchester City, announced his retirement from international football on 26 August 2014?
Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football after 106 caps and 29 goals for England. He has been described by previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate John Terry as Chelsea's greatest ever player.

104.    Winners of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2014:

The writers who  won the Yuva Puraskar for their collection of poetry include Abhimanyu Mahato (Bengali), Shanti Basumatary (Bodo), Anil Chavda (Gujarati), Kumar Anupam (Hindi), Kavya Kadame (Kannada), Praveen Kashyap (Maithili), Wangthoi Khuman (Manipuri), Tika Bhai (Nepali), Narendra Kumar Bhoi (Odia), Gagan Deep Sharma (Punjabi), Raju Ram Bijaymiyan Raj (Rajasthan), Anpa Mandi (Santhali), and Ilefat Amjadi (Urdu).

The Writers who won the awards for their collection of short stories include Manika Devee (Assamese), Naresh Chandra Naik (Konkani), and Indu Menon (Malayalam). Kaushik Barua (English) and Paramba Abilash (Tamil) were awarded for their novel.
 Appireddy Hariharn Reddy (Telugu) was awarded for his essays.

105.    The Malayalam writer who won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2014 for his total contribution to children literature?
K.V. Ramanathan.
Gouri Dharampal (Bengali), Subhadra Sen Gupta (English) Iswar Parmar (Gujarati), Anand V Patil (Kannada), Madhiri Purandare (Marathi), Dash Benhur (Jitendra Naryan Dash) (Odia) and Vashdev Sindhu Bharati (Sindhi) are among those honoured with the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2014 for their total contribution to children literature.

106.    Bollywood actor who has become the first Indian actor to be roped in as an Ambassador of Interpol’s ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign, aimed at promoting greater awareness on how to prevent crime?
Shah Rukh Khan.

107.    What is the name of the scheme for comprehensive financial inclusion launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 28 August 2014?
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Run by Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, on the inauguration day, 1.5 Crore (15 million) bank accounts were opened under this scheme. By 10 January 2015, 11.76 crore accounts were opened, with around  8698 crore (US$1.4 billion) were deposited under the scheme, which also has an option for opening new bank accounts with zero balance.

108.    Spanish footballer who retired from international football on 27 August 2014
following Spain's failure to progress out of the group stages at the 2014 World Cup?
 Xabi Alonso.
    He made his international debut for Spain in April 2003 in a 4–0 victory against Ecuador. While playing for Spain, Alonso has won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, and he has also represented his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. On 23 June 2012, Alonso won his 100th cap for Spain in the quarter-final of Euro 2012 against France: he celebrated the occasion by scoring both of Spain's goals to send them into the semi-finals. His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.
    He played for German club FC Bayern Munich as a central midfielder. He moved to Liverpool in August 2004 for £10.5 million. He won the UEFA Champions League in his first season at the club, scoring the equalising goal in the Final. The following season, he won the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season in a deal worth around £30 million. After five seasons at the club, winning honours including a league title in 2012 and the Champions League in 2014, he was signed by Bayern Munich on a two-year contract.

109.    Who has been named European Footballer of the Year-2014?
Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the fourth recipient of the award; the previous winners were Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

110.    Which wicketkeeper equals Kumar Sangakkara’s World Record of most stumpings in international cricket which is 129 in 563 matches including tests, ODIs and T20Is?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni achieved this feat only in his 381st international match against England by dismissing Chris Woakes.

111.    Eminent `Modern India’ historian who authored several books, including “The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism”, passed away on August 30, 2014?

Bipan Chandra.
He was the Professor of modern history at Jawaharlal Nehru University; he specialized on the Indian independence movement and is considered to be one India's foremost scholars on Mahatma Gandhi. He was appointed as National Research Professor in 2007, and awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, given by Government of India in 2010.

112.    Which team won the inaugural edition of the Pro Kabaddi League held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli on August 31, 2014?
Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers is a team in the Pro Kabaddi League based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The team is currently led by Navneet Gautam, and coached by Kasinathan Baskaran. It is owned by actor Abhishek Bachchan.
 Pro Kabaddi League is a Kabaddi tournament backed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) and the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF). The first edition of the tournament started on 26 July 2014 with eight franchises consisting of players from around the world. It is currently supervised by Mashal Sports Managing Director Charu Sharma. Jaipur Pink Panthers became the first ever team to win the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi title against U Mumba in 2014.

113.    Which country beat Australia on August 31, 2014 and recorded their first win against Australia in 31 years in one-day internationals?
Zimbabwe.
It was Zimbabwe’s first ODI win over Australia since the 1983 World Cup. Captain of Zimbabwe Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half century as Zimbabwe defeated Australia for only the second time in a one-day international.

114.    Who becomes the first European in 15 years to clinch the women's singles title at the World Badminton Championship held in August 2014?
Carolina Marin. (Spain).
Danish great Camilla Martin was the last European to win the World Championships in 1999.
The women's doubles title of World Badminton Championship was taken by Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao (China). They defeated Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu in the final.

115.    Who won the men's singles title of the World Badminton Championships in 2014?
Chen Long. (China). He defeated Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) in the final.

116.    Which wicketkeeper has set a new world record for stumpings in international cricket across all formats during the ODI Match against England?
MS Dhoni. (India)
Dhoni claimed the record when he had his opposite number Alastair Cook stumped during the India-England third One Day International at Trent Bridge on August 30, 2014. Dhoni now has 131 stumpings across all three formats. He surpassed Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara's tally. Whereas, Sangakkara has played 563 matches and 664 innings and is second on the list with 129 stumpings. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Romesh Kaluwitharana is third on the list with 101 stumpings.
   
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