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Thursday, 17 April 2014

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - DECEMBER 2013


1.    The founder of Tehelka who has been arrested on charges of raping a junior colleague after a court in Goa rejected his anticipatory bail plea?

Tarun Tejpal.
Tehelka is an Indian news organisation mainly known for its investigative journalism, which involved sting operations. It was founded by Tarun Tejpal along with Bahal in 2000 as a website.

2.    Man of the Match winners of ODI cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in UAE in December-2013:
First ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Sharja on December 18, 2013:
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan). He scored 122 runs.
Result: Pakistan won by 11 runs.

Second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Dubai on December 20, 2013:
Man of the Match: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)). He scored 47 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.

Third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Sharja on December 22, 2013:
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan). He scored 140 runs and took 2 wickets.
Result: Pakistan won by 113 runs.

Fourth ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Abu Dhabi on December 25, 2013:
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan). He scored 113 runs.
Result: Pakistan won by 8 wickets.

Fifth ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Abu Dhabi on December 25, 2013:
Man of the Match: Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka). He scored unbeaten 64 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.
Series Result: Pakistan won the 5-match series 3-2.

3.    Who won the Player of the series award in the ODI cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in UAE in December-2013?
Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan).

4.    Which film won the prestigious Golden Peacock award at the 44th international Film Festival of India held in Goa?
"Beatriz's War".
Beatriz's War, a Portuguese film set in East Timor, is directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis. The film deals with intimate relationships between men and women against the continuous violence in East Timor. The award carries a Golden Peacock statuette, a certificate and Rs 40 lakh.
Other Awards:
Bengali film 'Meghe Dhaka Tara', directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee won the Silver Peacock award.

       The best director award was given to Kaushik Ganguly for his film 'Apur Panchali', a smart tribute to the Oscar award-winning Indian director Satyajit Ray.
Alon Moni Aboutboul won the Best Actor (male) award for her performance in the film 'A Place in Heaven'. The Best Actor (female) award was won by Magdalena Boczarska for her intense, strong portrayal of a victim who subtly turns an oppressor.

5.    American actor and the star of the ‘Fast and Furious” movie series who died in a car crash on November13, 2013?
Paul Walker.
In 2001, Walker gained international fame for playing Brian O'Conner, one of the lead protagonists in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in its additional sequels.

6.    Indian shuttler who won the women’s singles title at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Canada’s Li Michelle in the final?
P.V.Sindhu.

7.    29th National Junior Athletics Championships was held at?
Bangalore

8.    Which state won the overall champion title of 29th National Junior Athletics Championships held in Bangalore?
Kerala.

9.    What is the name of the lunar exploration mission operated by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), incorporating a robotic lander and China's first lunar rover?
Chang'e 3.
 It was launched in December 2013 as part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. The spacecraft was named after Chang'e, the goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology, and is a follow-up to the Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 lunar orbiters. The rover was named Yutu (literally "Jade Rabbit") following an online poll, after the mythological rabbit that lives on the Moon as a pet of the Moon goddess.
Chang'e 3 achieved lunar orbit on 6 December 2013 and landed on 14 December 2013, becoming the first probe to soft-land on the Moon since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976.

10.    Which country has banned Same-sex marriage after passing of a referendum to amend the constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman?
Croatia.

11.    Man of the Match winners of 3 Test cricket series between New Zealand and West Indies held in New Zealand in December-2013:
First Test between New Zealand and West Indies held in Dunedin from December 3 to 7, 2013:
Man of the Match: Rose Taylor (New Zealand). He scored unbeaten 217 runs in first innings.
Result: Match drawn.

Second Test between New Zealand and West Indies held in Wellington from December 11 to 13, 2013:
Man of the Match: Trent Boult (New Zealand). He took 6 wickets in first innings and 4 wickets in second innings.
Result: New Zealand won by an innings and 73 runs.

Third Test between New Zealand and West Indies held in Wellington from December 19 to 22, 2013:
Man of the Match: Rose Taylor (New Zealand). He scored 131 runs in first innings.
Result: New Zealand won by 8 wickets.
Series Result: New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-0.

12.    The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be held in?
India.
The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th tournament of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. This will be the first time India will host an international football competition at world level.

13.    South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon who led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, died on December 5, 2013?
Nelson Mandela.
Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. He was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. (May 10 1994- June 14, 1999)
   
    Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. He received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is often described as "the father of the nation" of South Africa.

14.    Who becomes the highest scoring captain of India in ODI cricket?
M.S.Dhoni.
Dhoni reached 5278 runs in his 152nd ODI, leaving behind former captain Mohammad Azharuddin's tally of 5239 in 174 matches. Dhoni is the third player to amass 5000 runs as captain for India in ODIs - the other two being Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly (5082). He also is the quickest to this feat, having taken 127 innings as against 136 by Ganguly and 151 by Azharuddin.

15.    Man of the Match winners of ODI cricket series between India and South Africa held in South Africa held  in December-2013:
First ODI between India and South Africa held in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013:
Man of the Match: Quinton de Kock (South Africa) He scored 135 runs.
Result: South Africa won by 141 runs.

Second ODI between India and South Africa held in Durban on December 8, 2013:
Man of the Match: Quinton de Kock (South Africa) He scored 106 runs.
Result: South Africa won by 134 runs.

Third ODI: No Result.
Series South Africa won the 3-match series 2-0.

16.    Who won the Player of the series in the 3 ODI cricket matches between India and South Africa held in South Africa held in December-2013?
Quinton de Kock (South Africa).

17.    Man of the match winners of Ashes Test (Australia Vs England) held in Australia in December 2013?
Second Ashes Test held in Adelaide Oval from December 5-9, 2013:
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson (Australia). He took 7 wickets in first innings and one wicket in second innings.
Result: Australia won by 218 runs.

Third Ashes Test held in Perth from December 13-17, 2013:
Man of the Match: Steven Smith (Australia). He scored 111 runs in first innings.
Result: Australia won by 150 runs.

Fourth Ashes Test held in Melbourne from December 26-29, 2013:
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson (Australia). He took 5 wickets in first innings and 3 wickets in second innings.
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets.

18.    The Ninth World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference was held in?
Bali, Indonesia.
The conference was held from 3 to 7 December 2013. The conference was chaired by the Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan. In this conference, 159 members of World Trade Organization agreed to the Bali Package which aims to ease barriers to international trade.

19.    What is the name given to the trade agreement resulting from the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization held in Bali, Indonesia?
Bali Package.
It is aimed at lowering global trade barriers and is the first agreement reached through the WTO that is approved by all its members. The package forms part of the Doha Development Round, which started in 2001.

20.    Art form of Manipur which has entered Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?
The Manipuri Nat-Sankirtana.
The Manipuri Nat-Sankirtana was conceived by the famous Manipur king Bhagyachandra Singh in the 18th century. Sankirtana - the ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur - has been selected for inscription on the Representative List of the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The decision was taken on December 4 at the ongoing eighth session of the Unesco Intergovernmental Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan. The committee consists of representatives from 24 countries.

21.    Who became the fastest batsman to surpass 4,000 ODI runs (81 innings)?
Hashim Amla. (South Africa).
He achieved this feat against the ODI match against India.
Playing his 83rd match, Amla took 81 innings to get to the milestone beating Sir Vivian Richards who got to the landmark in 88 innings in 96 matches. Amla was also the quickest batsman to reach the 2000 (41 matches, 40 innings) and the 3000-run landmark (59 matches, 57 innings) in ODIs.

22.    Who was awarded the Indian cricket side’s ‘Team Sponsorship’ rights for the period January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017?
Star India (The television network).

23.    Results of Legislative assembly elections held in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh ,Rajasthan and Mizoram in November/December 2013:

The Elections in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were conducted in December while the counting that took place on 8 December showed a clear majority for BJP in the states of Madya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, while Congress retained the state of Mizoram and Delhi got a hung assembly, with no single party getting a clear majority.

Chhattisgarh: The Chhattisgarh State Assembly elections of 2013 has been held in two phases, first on 11 November 2013 and second on 19 November 2013 and counting was done on 8 December 2013. The main contest between incumbent Bhartiya Janta Party and main opposition party Indian National Congress.
Total seats: 90.
BJP-49
Congress-39
BSP-1
Independents-1

Delhi:
The Delhi State Assembly elections of 2013 were held on 4 December 2013. Counting of votes was done on 8 December 2013. The BJP emerged as the single-largest party, closely followed by the debutant Aam Aadmi Party. The Indian National Congress party, which governed the state for the last three consecutive terms, finished third.
Total Seats: 70
BJP-31
Aam Aadmi Party-28
Congress-8
Janata Dal (United) -1
Shiromani Akali Dal-1
Independents-1

Madhya Pradesh:

The Madhya Pradesh State Assembly elections of 2013 were held on 25 November 2013 and counting was done on 8 December 2013. The main contest was between incumbent Bhartiya Janta Party and main opposition party Indian National Congress. However, BJP was the winner with more than 70% of majority in the assembly elections.
Total seats: 230.
BJP-165
Congress-58
BSP-4
Independents-3

Rajasthan:
The Rajasthan State Assembly elections of 2013 were held on 1 December 2013 and the counting was done on 8 December 2013. The main contest is between incumbent Indian National Congress and main opposition party Bhartiya Janta Party.
Total seats: 200.
BJP-163
Congress-21
BSP-3
National People's Party-4
National Unionist Zamindara Party-2.
Independents-7

Mizoram:
The Mizoram State Assembly Elections 2013 has been held on 25 November 2013 and the counting was done on 9 December 2013.
Total seats: 40.
Congress-34
Mizo National Front-5
Mizoram People's Conference-1.

24.    Who was named French Player of the Year (2013) by France Football magazine?
 Franck Ribery.

25.    The prince of Mysore Kingdom and head of the Wadiyar dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Mysore between 1399 and 1950 who passed away on December 10, 2013?
Srikanta Wadiyar.
Wadiyar was also a member of Indian Parliament from the Mysore constituency. He was a fashion designer and a promoter of Mysore silk saris under his Royal Silk of Mysore brand name. In the second half of the 20th century, silk industry in South India revived, and Mysore State became the top multivoltine silk producer in India.

26.    Who has been named as the new Finance Secretary of India?
Sumit Bose.

27.    Who has been appointed as the chief information commissioner of India?
Sushma Singh.
She is the second woman to be appointed to the post after Deepak Sandhu, whose term ended on December 20, 2013.

28.    Who has been appointed as UNICEF's first brand ambassador for South Asia?
Sachin Tendulkar.

29.    Cricket team of which country became the highest run scoring team in ODI history?
India.
Ahead of the first ODI between India and South African, India and Australia were levelled on 1,82,881 runs from 841 (a world record) and 825 matches respectively. But India broke the record the moment Shikhar Dhawan got off the mark with that boundary.

30.    Who has become the first wicket-keeper and only the fifth player in one-day international history, to score centuries in three consecutive matches?
Quinton de Kock. (South Africa).
He scored three consecutive centuries against India in the ODI s played in December 2013.

31.    Who has been named as Times Magazine’s Person of the Year -2013?
Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State. In December 2013, both Time and The Advocate magazines named the Pontiff as their Person of the Year in praise and hopes of reforming the Roman Curia while hoping to change the Catholic Church's doctrine on various controversial issues.

32.    Who has been named the regional brand ambassador by the UNICEF to promote its Total Sanitation Campaign in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal?
Sachin Tendulkar.

33.    Bangladeshi Islamist leader and politician of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, who was hanged for war crimes on 12 December 2013?
Abdul Quader Molla.
He was tried, sentenced to death by the Domestic International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh. He was convicted on five of six counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes at his trial at the Bangladeshi International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), on 5 February 2013. A member of the Al-Badar militia during the liberation war, Molla was convicted of killing 344 civilians and other crimes.

34.    Winners of ICC Cricket Awards-2013:
Cricketer of the Year: Michael Clarke (Australia).
Test player of the year: Michael Clarke (Australia).
ODI player of the year: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).
ICC Emerging player of the year: Cheteshwar Pujara (India).
Best T20 performance of the year: Umar Gul (Pakistan).
Spirit of Cricket award: Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka).
ICC Associate player of the year: Kevin O'Brien (Ireland).
Umpire of the year: Richard Kettleborough (England).
Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates (New Zealand).
T20I Women's Cricketer of the Year: Sarah Taylor (England).
LG people's choice award: MS Dhoni (India).

35.    Top Indian diplomat who was arrested in New York on December 12, 2013 for human rights violations and visa fraud?
Devyani Khobragade.
She was India's Deputy Consul General at its diplomatic mission in New York City at the time of arrest. She has been involved in a number of controversies, including the Adarsh Housing Society scam, criminal charges of US visa fraud and making false statements to the US State Department with regard to her domestic worker, and manipulation of Indian Foreign Service rules to get the foreign language of her choice.

       Khobragade, was accused of not paying minimum wage to her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard, and making a false declaration in the visa application that she filed to employ Richard.

36.    Iranian film which won the Golden Crow Pheasant Award at the 18th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) which concluded in Thiruvananthapuram?
‘Parviz’
The film is directed by Majid Barzegar.

37.    Who won the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the best director at the 18th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) which concluded in Thiruvananthapuram?
Kamaleswar Mukherjee.
He won the award for the Bengali film ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’.
‘Errata’ directed by Ivan Vescovo won the Silver Crow Pheasant for the best debut film. ‘101 Chodyangal’ directed by Sidhartha Siva won the audience poll award for the best film.

38.    Man of the Match winners of two T20 cricket matches between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in UAE in December-2013:
First T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Dubai on December 11, 2013:
Man of the Match:  Shahid Afridi (Pakistan). He scored 39 runs.
Result: Pakistan won by 3 wickets .

Second T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Dubai on December 13, 2013:
Man of the Match:  Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka). He scored 84 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 24 runs.

39.    Who won the Player of the series award in the T20 cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in UAE in December-2013?
     Shahid Afridi (Pakistan).

40.    Who has been awarded the World Soccer's Player of the Year 2013?
Cristiano Ronaldo.

41.    Which country won the Men’s 4th Kabaddi World Cup defeating Pakistan in the final?
India.
Defending champion India retained the title fourth consecutive term defeating Pakistan with a margin of nine points.

42.    Name the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2013 which provides for creation of an anti-corruption ombudsman?
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill.
The bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on 22 December 2011 and was passed by the house on 27 December 2011 as The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011. The bill was subsequently tabled in the Rajya Sabha on 29 December 2011. On 21 May 2012, the bill was referred to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha for consideration. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2013 after making certain amendments to the earlier Bill and in the Lok Sabha on 18 December 2013

43.    Who has sworn in for third term as German chancellor?
Angela Merkel.

44.    What is the name of Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard, which was commissioned on December 13, 2013?
Aadesh.
Aadesh is the first of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.

45.    Former India captain who has been nominated for the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) by the Board of Control for Cricket in India?
Kapil Dev.
The CK Nayudu Award is the highest-revered award for captaincy and lifetime achievement in Indian cricket.

46.    British criminal who took part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, died on December 18, 2013?
Ronnie Biggs.
The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train. Biggs was part of the gang which escaped with £2.6m from the Glasgow to London mail train on 8 August 1963. He was given a 30-year sentence but escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965. In 2001, he returned to the UK seeking medical help but was sent to prison. He was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after contracting pneumonia.

47.    Career diplomat who has been appointed as Pakistan’s new high commissioner to India?
Abdul Basit.
 He will replace Salman Bashir.

48.    British rock singer who was jailed for 35 years on Wednesday for the attempted rape of a baby and several other "incomprehensible" child sex offences?
Ian Watkins.
Ian Watkins is a Welsh musician who achieved prominence as a founding member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets. Lostprophets disbanded in 2013 after Watkins was charged with sexual offences in late 2012.

49.    Man of the Match winners of Test cricket series between India and South Africa held in South Africa held  in December-2013:
First Test between India and South Africa held in Johannesburg on December 18-22, 2013:
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli (India). He scored 119 runs in first innings and 96 in second innings.
Result: Match drawn.

Second Test between India and South Africa held in Durban on December 26-30, 2013:
Man of the Match: Dale Steyn (South Africa). He took 6 wickets in first innings and scored 44 runs. He also took 3 wickets in second innings.
Result: South Africa won by 10 wickets.
Series Result: South Africa won the 2-match series 1-0.

50.    Who won the Player of the series award in the two test matches played between India and South Africa held in South Africa held in December-2013?
AB de Villiers (South Africa).

51.    Head of the royal family of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore (Kerala) who passed away on December 16, 2013?
Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma.
He was the titular Maharaja of Travancore. He was the younger brother of the last ruling monarch of the Kingdom of Travancore, Maharajah Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.

52.    West Indies off-spinner who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in December 2013?
Shane Shillingford.
Shillingford and team-mate Marlon Samuels were both reported to the ICC for suspected illegal actions during the recent Test series in India.

53.    World's 1st self-regulating artificial heart transplanted in?
France.
The heart, was produced by the French company Carmat, is completely artificial, self-regulating and mimics the human heart in ways other devices could only dream of. The self-contained artificial unit weighs about 900 grams (three times the weight of the human heart) and is completely lithium-battery powered. It is made from soft “biomaterials” and functions with the aid of a multitude of sensors designed to mimic every little detail of a real beating heart. The chief engineers of the project are Alain Carpentier and Philippe Pouletty.

54.     New Zealand-based ultra marathoner who has broken the women's world record for the longest run without sleeping?
Kim Allan.
In December 2013 Allan ran for 86 hours, 11 minutes and 9 seconds without sleeping, according to event co-manager Mark Stone.
55.    Which club became the first German club to win the FIFA Club World Cup(2013) after defeating Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final?
FC Bayern Munich.

56.    The England offspinner who has retired from all international cricket and first-class cricket on December 21, 2013?
Graeme Swann.
 In December 2009, he became the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year. In March 2010, Swann became the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match when he achieved the feat in England's victory in the first Test in Bangladesh. In May, he was named ECB Cricketer of the Year. He is also a part-time musician with his band, Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations.

57.    Who became the fourth Indian bowler and only the second pacer to take 300 wickets in Test matches?
Saheer Khan.
He achieved the milestone against the test match against South Africa. Jacques Kallis was his 300th victim.

58.    Who has been appointed Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season?
Tim Sherwood.

59.    Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared Islamic political organization as a terrorist group. What is the name of that organization?
Muslim Brotherhood.
The Society of the Muslim Brothers shortened to, the Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamic political organization which is considered a terrorist organization by the governments of Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

60.    Who won the women’s and Men’s titles of the 78th Senior National Badminton championship held in New Delhi?
P.V.Sindhu (Women’s Title).
K.Srikanth(Men’s Title).

61.    The South African all rounder who retired from Test and first-class cricket after playing in the second Test against India at Durban in December 2013?
Jacques Kallis.
Kallis played 166 Test matches and had a batting average of over 55 runs per innings. As of 2013 he was the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 11,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.
With his century in the second innings of the third test against India in January 2011, his 40th in all, he moved past Ricky Ponting to become the second-highest scorer of Test centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar's 51. Kallis was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007 in addition to being the "ICC Test Player of the Year" and ICC Player of the Year in 2005.

        Kallis became the fourth player and first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on an eventful opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on 2 January 2013. Kallis, who had also taken 292 Test wickets, lies third behind Indian player Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Australian Ricky Ponting (13,378) on the list of all-time run scorers in test cricket. He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013. Kallis scored his 45th Test hundred in his final test match, making him one of the few batsmen to score a century in his final Test.

62.    Who is appointed as the first woman director of the Hyderabad-based National Police Academy?
Aruna Bahuguna.

63.    The Russian gun designer whose AK-47 rifle became the weapon of choice for many national armies and guerrillas around the world, who died on December 23, 2013?
Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Kalashnikov designed his first machine gun in 1942 after suffering injuries as a tank commander for the Soviet Union's Red Army during World War II, but it wasn't until 1947 -- after years of tweaks -- that the AK-47 was introduced for Soviet military service. He was decorated with numerous honours, including the Hero of Socialist Labour and Order of Lenin and Stalin Prize. But because his invention was never patented, he didn’t get rich off royalties.

64.    Former civil servant who sworn in as the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi?
Arvind Kejriwal.
He is the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Kejriwal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. He is known for his efforts to enact and implement the Right to Information Act (RTI) at the grassroots level and his role in drafting a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill.
    In 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party, and defeated Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election. Following the election, he took office as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013.

65.    Who has taken charge as the Consul General of India in Dubai and Northern Emirates in the UAE?
Anurag Bhushan.
Before joining as the Dubai consul general of India he was serving as head of the Regional passport office in New Delhi. He is going to replace Sanjay Sharma who is now working as the ambassador of India to Ethiopia. Anurah Sharma is the 14 consul general of India.

66.    Which country has banned its officials from smoking in public places in December 2013, according to an official government circular?
China.

67.    Labour and employment minister of India who passed away on December 15, 2013?
Sis Ram Ola.
     He was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Jhunjhunu constituency of Rajasthan and was a member of the Indian National Congress. He was a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1990, and from 1980 to 1990. He was a cabinet minister in the Government of Rajasthan. From 1993 to 1996, he was again a Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. In 1996, he was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha; he was Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers (Independent Charge) from 1996 to 1997 and Union Minister of State for Water Resources (Independent Charge) from 1997 to 1998. He was re-elected to the12th Lok Sabha in 1998, the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999, the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004, and the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. In the first UPA  Government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he served as Labour Minister and Cabinet Minister of Mines.
Sis Ram Ola was the recipient of the Padma Shri award in 1968 for social work.

68.    Bollywood actor and a popular television presenter who won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Lahore”, died on December 27, 2013?
Farooq Sheikh.
 He was best known for his work in Hindi films from 1977 to 1989 and for his work in television between 1988 and 2002. He had acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).

69.    Who took over as the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) on 30 December 2013?
Army chief General Bikram Singh.
The Chiefs of Staff Committee is a forum for service chiefs to discuss matters having a bearing on the activities of services and to advise the ministry. Its members include Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (a non-voting member). The position of chairman devolves on the longest serving Chief of Staff and rotates amongst the chiefs of services.

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