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Tuesday, 28 October 2014


1.    Who won the Man of the Match award in the fifth ODI between Sri Lanka and England held in Birmingham on June 3, 2014?
Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka). He scored unbeaten 60 runs.
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.

2.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 5ODIs between Sri Lanka and England held in England in 2014?
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka).
Series Result: Sri Lanka won the 5-match series 3-2.
3.    The son of the Brazilian football legend Pele, who has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after being found guilty of laundering money for an alleged drugs cartel?

4.    King of Spain who decided to abdicate in favour of his son Felipe VI, after almost 40 years on the throne?

Juan Carlos.
          Juan Carlos reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014. He is abdicating after almost 40 years on the throne and his son Prince Felipe de Borbon will succeed him. During his reign Juan Carlos served as the president of the Ibero-American States Organization, representing over 700 million people in its 24 member nations of Spain, Portugal, and their former American colonies. In 2008, he was considered the most popular leader in all Ibero-America.
           Juan Carlos thus became the fourth European monarch to abdicate in just over a year, following Pope Benedict XVI (28 February 2013), Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (30 April 2013), and King Albert II of Belgium (21 July 2013).

5.    Which team won the Indian Premiere League 2014(IPL 7) defeating Kings XI Punjab in the final?
Kolkata Knight Riders.
KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets in the final played at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Man of the Match: Manish Pandey.
The previous winners of the IPL are as follows
• IPL 1: Rajasthan Royals.
• IPL 2: Deccan Chargers.
• IPL 3: Chennai Super Kings.
• IPL 4: Chennai Super Kings.
• IPL 5: Kolkata Knight Riders.
• IPL 6: Mumbai Indians.

6.    Who won the Orange Cap and Purple Cap in the Indian Premiere League 2014(IPL 7)?
Orange cap winner IPL 2014: Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders). He scored 660 runs in 16 matches.
    Orange cap winners are the players with most runs in a season.
Purple cap winner IPL 2014: Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) He took 23 wickets in 16 matches.

7.    Who won the Man of the Series award in the Indian Premiere League 2014(IPL 7)?
Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab).
He also won the award for Maximum Sixes. He hit 36 sixes in IPL 2014.

8.    Which state won the boys’ title in the 65th National junior basketball championship at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium, Kochi (Kerala)?
Punjab defeated Delhi in the final.

9.    Which state won the girls’ title in the 65th National junior basketball championship at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium, Kochi (Kerala)?
Chhattisgarh defeated host Kerala 79-66 to win its 10th girls title after the State came into being.

10.    Which is the 29th state of India?
On 2 June 2014, Telangana was separated from Andhra Pradesh as a new 29th state of India, with Hyderabad as its capital. Telangana is the twelfth largest state in India. The city of Hyderabad will continue to serve as the joint capital city for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for a period of ten years.
    Telangana is bordered by the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh to the north, Maharastra and Karnataka to the west, and the residuary Andhra Pradesh to the south and east. Telangana has an area of 114,840 square kilometres (44,340 sq mi) and a population of 35,286,757 (2011 census). Its major cities include Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam.

11.    Who is the leader of the Indian National Congress party in the 16th Lok Sabha?
Mallikarjun Kharge.
He was the former Minister of Railways in the UPA Government.   He has been a Member of Parliament for Gulbarga, Karnataka since 2009. He is a senior Karnataka politician and was the Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly prior to contesting the 2014 General Elections.

12.    Which cricketer won the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award (2014)?
Virat Kohli.
The other awards are listed below.
•    CEAT International ODI Player of the Year: Shikhar Dhawan (India)
•    CEAT International T20 Player of the Year: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
•    CEAT International Test Player of the Year: Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
•    CEAT International Domestic Cricketer of the Year: Robin Uthappa (India)
•    CEAT International Popular Choice Award: Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
•    CEAT International Special Award for Indian Player of the year: Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
•    CEAT International Young Player of the Year: Vijay Zol (India).

13.    Who was elected as the first chief minister of Telangana?
Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
He was elected as the first chief minister of Telangana, following elections in which the Telangana Rashtra Samiti party secured majority.

14.    Name the newly discovered planet which orbits a star lying about 560 light years from the Suns and is estimated to be 17 times as heavy as Earth?
Kepler-10c has a diameter of about 29 000 km, 2.3 times as large as Earth, and weighs 17 times as much. The planet was found by a team led by Xavier Dumusque of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

15.    The Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj of India who died in a road accident in New Delhi on 3 June 2014?
Gopinathrao Pandurang Munde.
He was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was a member of Maharashtra's Legislative Assembly (MLA) for five terms during 1980–1985 and 1990–2009. He was also the leader of opposition in the Assembly during 1992–1995. He had held the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1995–1999. Munde was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014, and served as the deputy leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha. He was appointed in Modi's cabinet and took the oath on 26 May.

16.    England Cricketer who was controversially run out by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka after he backed up at the bowlers end during the fifth One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on 03-06-2014?
Jos Buttler.
Under an ICC playing regulation, amended in 2011 and applicable in this series, "the bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker".
The most famous example of this method of dismissal involved the Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad. It occurred during India's tour of Australia on 13 December 1947 in the second Test at Sydney. Mankad ran out Bill Brown when, in the act of delivering the ball, he held on to it and removed the bails with Brown well out of his crease. This was the second time Mankad had dismissed Brown in this fashion on the tour, having already done it in an earlier match against an Australian XI. On that occasion he had warned Brown once before running him out. The Australian press accused Mankad of being unsportsmanlike, although some Australians, including Don Bradman, the Australian captain at the time, defended Mankad's actions. Since this incident, a batsman dismissed in this fashion is (informally) said to have been "Mankaded".

17.    Who has been appointed as the new captain of South Africa's test cricket team?
Hashim Amla.
He becomes the first black cricketer to hold the post of Captain permanently. He takes over from Graeme Smith, who retired earlier this year after a world record 109 matches in charge. South Africa's first black test cricket captain was Ashwell Prince who led the Proteas on a tour of Sri Lanka in July and August 2006 after Graeme Smith withdrew from the tour because of an injury.

18.    Name the two private television channels which have been banned by Pakistan on June20, 2014 and imposed a hefty fine of Rs 10 million on them for airing blasphemous content and ridiculing the judiciary?
Geo Entertainment and ARY News.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended the licences of Geo Entertainment for 30 days and ARY News for 15 days for overstepping the laws of the state regulator.

19.    Who won the Presidential election of Syria for the third time?
Bashar al-Assad.
He is the General Secretary of the Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria. He has served as President since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, who led Syria for 30 years until his death.

20.    Who is the fifth and current President of Ukraine?

Petro Poroshenko.
Presidential elections were held in Ukraine on 25 May 2014, resulting in Petro Poroshenko being elected President of Ukraine. Poroshenko won the elections with 54.7% of the votes. His closest competitor was Yulia Tymoshenko, who emerged with 12.81% of the votes

21.    The UN General Assembly has established an award in 2014 in the honour of anti-apartheid icon to pay tribute to his achievements and contributions. Who is that personality?
Nelson Mandela.

22.    Who has been appointed as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights?

Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad.
Prince Zeid, who succeeded Navi Pillay, is the first Muslim, Asian and Arab to hold the post, becoming the seventh individual to lead the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He served as Jordan’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, with the rank of ambassador, from 1996 to 2000. In January 2014, he was president of the UN Security Council. From 2007-2010 he served as Jordan's Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico.

French Open Men’s Singles-2014 Winner- Rafael Nadal (Spain).
He defeated Novak Djokovic (Serbia) in the final.
French Open Women’s Singles-2014 Winner- Maria Sharapova (Russia).
She defeated Simona Halep (Romania) in the final.

French Open Men’s Doubles-2014 Winners- Julien Benneteau (France) and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France).
They defeated Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Marc Lopez (Spain) in the final.
French Open Women’s Doubles-2014 Winners- Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Peng Shuai (China)
They defeated Sara Errani (Italy) and Roberta Vinci (Italy) in the final.

French Open Mixed Doubles-2014 Winners- Anna-Lena Gronefeld (Germany) and Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands).
They defeated Julia Gorges (Germany) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) in the final.

24.    Which state emerged as the Overall champions in the 54th National Inter-State Senior Athletic Championships?
Tamil Nadu finished runners-up in the event.

25.    Who has been named as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha?
Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party member was earlier Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha during the United Progressive Alliance government.

26.    Who was declared the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha?
Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Former Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad becomes the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha after his appointment as leader of Congress in the Upper House. Anand Sharma, another minister in UPA-II, was made deputy leader of the party.

27.    Former vice chairman of the founding council of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) who has been sentenced by Vietnamese court to 30 years in jail over a multi-million dollar scandal?
Nguyen Duc Kien.
Kien who was indicted for four offences – swindling for the appropriation of assets, intentional violations of the State’s economic management regulations causing serious consequences, tax evasion and illegal trading.

28.    Man of the Match winners of 3 Test cricket matches played between West Indies and New Zealand held in West Indies in June 2014:
First test between West Indies and New Zealand held in Jamaica from June 8 to-11, 2014:
Man of the Match: Mark Craig (New Zealand). He took 4 wickets in each innings.
Result: New Zealand won by 186 runs.

Second test between West Indies and New Zealand held in Port of Spain from June 16 to-20, 2014:
Man of the Match: Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies).He scored 129 runs in first innings.
Result: West Indies won by 10 wickets.

Third test between West Indies and New Zealand held in Barbados from June 26 to-30, 2014:
Man of the Match: Kane Williamson (New Zealand).He scored 43 runs in first innings and unbeaten 169 runs in second innings.
Result: New Zealand won by 53 runs.

29.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 3 test cricket matches between West Indies and New Zealand held in West Indies in June 2014?
Kane Williamson (New Zealand).

30.    Who has been unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha?
Sumitra Mahajan.
She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, she won the Lok Sabha elections for the eighth time, one of three members of the 16th Lok Sabha to do so, and the longest-serving woman member. She has been representing the Indore constituency of Madhya Pradesh since 1989. She is the eldest woman member of parliament who won the lok Sabha election for the eighth time.

31.    Who has been elected as President of Israel on June 10, 2014?
Reuven Rivlin.
He is the 10th President of Israel. He was a member of the Likud party. Rivlin was Minister of Communications from 2001 to 2003 and subsequently served as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2013.

32.    Swing bowling all-rounder who played 15 cricket tests for Australia between 1973 and 1977 and was one of the stars of the inaugural World Cup in 1975, died on June
Gary Gilmour.
The left-armer took figures of 6-14 against England in the 1975 World Cup semi-final. The then 23-year-old also claimed 5-48 in the final, which Australia lost to the West Indies. He played 5 One Day Internationals (ODIs).

33.    A veteran politician and tribal chief who led a separatist insurgency in Pakistan's Balochistan province 40 years ago, passed away on June 10, 2014?
Khair Bakhsh Marri.

34.    Who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO & MD) of Infosys?
Dr. Vishal Sikka.
He will take over as CEO & MD from Mr. S. D. Shibulal on August 1, 2014. The Infosys Board of Directors has elevated Mr. U.B. Pravin Rao, President and whole-time director, as Chief Operating Officer, with effect from June 14, 2014.

35.    Uganda's foreign minister who has been elected president of the UN General Assembly, over protests against his country's treatment of gay people?
Sam Kutesa.
The Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa played a role in the enactment of Uganda's strict anti-gay law, passed in February, which allows for sentences of up to life in prison for those convicted of having gay sex.

36.    Who scored Brazil’s first own goal (Self Goal) at a World Cup?
Marcelo Vieira
 This goal was the first goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Marcelo scored an own goal in the 11th minute of the opening game against Croatia on 12 June, deflecting a shot by Nikica Jelavic for the first goal of the competition. Brazil won that match.

37.    10-year-old Indian-origin genius who becomes one of the youngest ever in the US to graduate high school?
Tanishq Abraham.
He received his high school diploma at a private ceremony at California Auto Museum.

38.    Eminent Malayalam scientist-turned-writer who has been selected for the prestigious Moortidevi Award for 2013 for his novel “Theekkadal Kadanjhu Thirumadhuram”?
C. Radhakrishnan.
The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture. The prize includes an amount of Rupees Four Lac, a plaque, a statue of Saraswati, and a shawl.

39.    Hungarian football goalkeeper who played 86 times for the Hungary national football team and was part of the legendary Golden Team of the 1950s, passed away on June 13, 2014?

Gyula Grosics.
Gyula Grosics was part of the Hungary side which went four years unbeaten before they lost the 1954 World Cup final to West Germany. He was nicknamed "Black Panther", because he wore black clothing while playing. In 1952, Grosics led the team to Olympic gold. In 1953, Hungary beat the English national team in a game dubbed "The Match of the Century". Hungary won 6–3, becoming the first team outside the British Isles to beat England at home. He was selected as the goalkeeper of the 1954 World Cup's All Star Team.
Hungary entered the 1954 FIFA World Cup on a four-year unbeaten streak and as heavy favourites. However, the team lost in the final 3–2 to West Germany, a team they defeated 8–3 in the group stage. Grosics was selected as the Team of the Tournament goalkeeper. By 1956, Hungary had recorded 42 victories with Grosics in goal, 7 draws, and just that one loss.

40.    Indian scientist who has been unanimously elected as member of the UN's body focussed on oceans and law of the sea?
Rasik Ravindra.

41.    Name the largest warship of India which is dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 14, 2014?

INS Vikramaditya.
INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India. Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet and later with the Russian Navies (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996 as she was too expensive to operate on a post-Cold War budget. The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The ship successfully completed her sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in September 2013.She was commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk, Russia.

42.    The Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film who passed away on June 14, 2014?

Ruby Dee.
She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the films A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989), and American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honours. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005.

43.    Which country became a permanent member of the Washington Accord (WA) on June 13, 2014, an elite international agreement on engineering studies and mobility of engineers?
         India becomes the permanent signatory to Washington Accord on June 13, 2014 in meeting held at International Energy Alliance (IEA), New Zealand .India became the 17th member of the exclusive Washington Accord. Washington Accord is an international agreement amongst prominent nations of the world, with the charter of promoting mobility and quality assurance of engineers across international boundaries.
     The credit for making India a member of Washington Accord goes to many individuals who worked behind the scenes for years. Among them are Raman Menon Unnikrishnan of California State University, Fullerton, who pleaded India’s case along with former National Board of Accreditation (NBA) member secretary Dinesh K Paliwal and education secretary Ashok Thakur.

44.    Which country retained the men’s hockey World Cup title (2014) by outplaying Olympic silver medallist The Netherlands 6-1 in the final at the Kyocera Stadium in Netherlands?

45.    Which country won the women’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 held in The Hague?
Netherlands defeated Australia (2-0) in the final.

46.    Man of the match winners of 3 ODI cricket matches played between India and Bangladesh held in Bangladesh in June 2014:
First ODI between India and Bangladesh held on June 15, 2014 at Mirpur:
Man of the match: Ajinkya Rahane (India).
Result: India won by 7 wickets.
Second ODI between India and Bangladesh held on June 17, 2014 at Mirpur:
Man of the match: Stuart Binny (India). He took 6 wickets conceding 4 runs in 4.4 overs.
Result: India won by 47 runs.
Third ODI between India and Bangladesh: No result.
Series India won the 3-match series 2-0.

47.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 3 ODI cricket matches played between India and Bangladesh held in Bangladesh in June 2014?
Stuart Binny (India).

48.    Who is the current President of Colombia?
Juan Manuel Santos.
He is the 32nd President of Columbia. On 15 June, 2014, Santos won 50.95% of the popular vote during the second round of the election. He was Minister of Defence from 2006 to 2009.

49.    An Indian-origin physicist, best known for his work on the Large Hadron Collider experiment, who has been accorded an honorary knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for his achievements in science?
Tejinder Virdee.
He is an experimental physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. He is best known for originating the concept of CMS with a few other colleagues and has been referred to as one of the 'founding fathers’ of the project. CMS is a world-wide collaboration which started in 1991 and now has over 3000 participants from 38 countries.
The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland and France. The goal of CMS experiment is to investigate a wide range of physics, including the search for the Higgs boson, extra dimensions, and particles that could make up dark matter.

50.    Who is the current Prime Minister of Finland?

Alexander Stubb.
He is the leader of the National Coalition Party. From 2004 to 2008, Stubb was a Member of the European Parliament. He was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2011 and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade from 2011 to 2014.


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