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Monday, 17 May 2010


1. Who won the Sony Ericsson Open title held in Miami beating Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1in the final?
Kim Clijsters.
This is her second Sony Ericsson Open title in Miami.

2. Who is appointed as the director general of inspection and safety wing of the Indian Air Force (IAF)?
Air Marshal Ajay Shriniwas Karnik.

3. First Indian who is selected for the honorary doctorate degree in humane letters by State University of New York?
Amritanandamayi Devi, Hindu spiritual leader.
She is selected for this honour in recognition of her wide-ranging humanitarian contributions .In the university's 164-year history, only two other world leaders, including Tibetan spiritual head the Dalai Lama have been bestowed this award.

4. Who is appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank?
T.M. Bhasin.

5. Who won the WISPA Indian Challenger squash tournament held at Calcutta Racket Club squash courts on April 17, 2010?

Dipika Pallikal.
She defeated Emma Beddoes of England 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 in the final.
It was her first WISPA (Women's International Squash Players Association) title.

6. Russia have reached an agreement with a Latin American country to draft plans on the construction of the first nuclear power plant in that country. Which is that country?

7. Ten Policemen were killed by Maoist attack in a district in Orissa on 5th April, 2010.Name of that district?
Koraput district.

8. Who is appointed as the new Army Chief of India?
Lieutenant General V.K. Singh.
He took charge as the 26th chief of the 1.13 million-strong Indian Army from Gen. Deepak Kapoor whose last few months were mired in controversy on the Sukhna land scam.

9. Who defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 6-2, 7-5 to clinch the Sony Ericsson Open doubles tennis held in Miami?
Leander Paes(India) and Czech Lukas Dlouhy (Czech Republic).

10. Who won the Miami Sony Ericsson ATP Masters title?
Andy Roddick
He beat Czech Tomas Berdych( 7-5, 6-4) in the final.

11. Who won Formula one’s Malaysian grand prix held in Sepang, Malaysia?
Sebastian Vettel. (Germany)
He is Red Bull Formula One driver

12. Name of the six Indian entrepreneurs who have been selected to attend the two-day Presidential Summit on entrepreneurship starting April 26 in Washington, which will be hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama?
Irfan Alam, Shahnaz Husain, Ramachandra Kavil, Shaffi Mather, Shaheen Mistri and Sirajuddin Qureshi.

13. Name of South African white supremacist leader who has been killed on his farm in the country's north-west by two farm workers after a dispute over unpaid wages?
Eugene Terreblanche.
Mr. Terreblanche, who campaigned for a separate white homeland, came to prominence in the early 1980s.

14. Legendary fast bowler, regarded as one of the greatest English cricketers of the 20th century, who died at the age of 91 recently?

Sir Alec Victor Bedser.
He was the chairman of selectors for the English national cricket team, and the president of Surrey County Cricket Club. In 51 Test matches for England he took 236 wickets.

15. Kerala STATE Film Awards.
To know the winners of Kerala State Film Awards, please click the below link.

16. In a state in eastern India, Maoist Naxalite insurgents killed 76 Paramilitary soldiers of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) on April 6, 2010. Which is that state?

17. Who is appointed as brand ambassador for the 'Mega Tennis Event' organized by All India Tennis Association (AITA) which is aimed at the development of sport in the country?
Sania Mirza.

18. In a significant step in taking their bilateral relations to a new level, India has signed an agreement with a neighbouring country to establish a hotline between prime ministers of the two countries. Which is that country?
Under the agreement, dedicated phone lines will be set up in the prime minister's office of the two countries.

19. Capital of Thailand, which was placed under a state of emergency on April 7, 2010 as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva sought to prevent weeks of anti-government protests turning violent after demonstrators stormed parliament?

20. Opposition leaders in a country in Central Asia had seized power and had taken control of security headquarters, state television and various government buildings of that country recently. Which is that country?

21. Which countries have recently agreed a solution to a long-running disagreement over the height of Mount Everest?
Nepal and China.

As per the agreement, the official overall height of Everest is now designated as 8,848m. Nepal also recognises China's claim that the rock height of Everest is 8,844m.

22. Which country has recently ordered its TV channels not to use any English acronyms, (such as GDP for gross domestic product) in a bid to preserve the purity of its language?

23. Name of Europe's spacecraft which has launched on April 8, 2010 from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a mission to map the Earth's ice cover.
From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the role it plays in our 'Earth system'. It is a copy of a spacecraft that was destroyed on launch in 2005.

24. Former vice chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University who is appointed as a member of National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities Education (NCMEI)?
Dr.Cyriac Thomas.
This appointment is for a period of five years.
Justice M S A Siddiqui is the chairman of NCMEI.
Mohinder Singh, former member of National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities is the third member of the full three-member commission.

25. Name of the rocket made in India, launching of which failed on 15th April, 2010 as the two Indian cryogenic engines got failed during the launch?
(GSLV-Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle)
The GSLV-D3 was carrying a communication satellite GSAT-4 and others weighing more than two tones.

26. Which countries have signed an agreement to boost cooperation in the education sector on 8th April 2010?
India and Australia.
The agreement was signed in Melbourne between Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard and India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal.

27. Name of the non nuclear weapons programme developed by United States , which consists of new generation of high-speed weapons that are intended to strike anywhere on Earth within an hour?
Prompt Global Strike (PGS).
Prompt Global Strike (PGS) is a United States military initiative to develop a system capable of a precision conventional weapon strike anywhere in the world in 1 hour just as a nuclear attack can currently be carried with intercontinental ballistic missiles.

28. Who has entered the Limca Book co Records for electronically preserving a large collection of photographs?
Josekutty Panackal.
He is the senior news photographer of Malayala Manorama, leading newspaper of Kerala. The Limca Book of records states “Panackal has a collection of 31,795 news photographs as of May 31, 2009 all shot by himself over eight years.

29. Sri Lankan Cricketer who has won the parliamentary general election under the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) from his native Matara district recently?
Sanath Jayasurya.

30. Polish President who died along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia on April 10, 2010?

Lech Kaczynski.
There were no survivors on the Soviet-era Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

31. Alleged mastermind of arms-drop case of Purulia who was arrested at his home in Copenhagen on April 9, 2010?
Kim Peter Davy.
He is expected to be extradited to India to face trial.
The Purulia arms drop case was an infamous incident in which unauthorised arms were dropped from an Antonov An-26 aircraft in Purulia district in the state of West Bengal in India on 17 December 1995. A Latvian aircraft dropped a large consignment of arms including several hundred AK-47 rifles and more than a million rounds of ammunition over a large area in Jhalda, Ghatanga, Belamu, Maramu villages of Purulia district on the night of 17 December 1995.

32. Which country is building a new airport near Mount Everest with the apparent purpose of turning the Chinese side of the tallest peak into a climber’s paradise?
The airport has been named “the Peace Airport”.

33. Which country has revoked its decision to give the contract of printing Machine-Readable Passports (MRPs) to India?

34. Who is appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim?
Justice Barin Ghosh.

35. Which country won the World Circle Style Kabaddi Championship defeating Pakistan in the final held in Ludhiana?
India. India won the title with a prominent margin of 58-24 points.

36. Who became 'Wisden Cricketer of the Year for the second time in a row, beating off competition from England captain Andrew Strauss and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan?
Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag apart, English wicketkeeper Matt Prior, spinner Graeme Swann, batsman Graham Onions, pacer Stuart Broad and Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke were the 'Five Cricketers of the Year' chosen by the magazine.

37. Which country is decided to conduct its first ever U.S.-styled televised election debates on April 22 and April 29?
Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the Labour Party, Conservative leader David Cameron and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats will take audience questions on issues such as crime and health care. This is Britain’s first-ever national televised election debate which will telecast on Britain’s Channel 4 News.

38. Which country has decided to lodge a formal complaint in the United Nations against remarks by President Barack Obama of the United States that Washington could use nuclear weapons against them?

39. Who has been appointed as the 14th Judge Advocate General JAG of the Indian Army?
Major General C.S. Nair. He will take charge on May 1.

40. Name of the new head for Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) appointed by
Afghan President Hamid Karzai?
Fazel Ahmad Manavi

41. Government of India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, who resigned recently over allegations of corruption in winning a cricket league franchise (IPL Kochi team)?
Shashi Tharoor.

42. Who has been chosen for the Kerala State’s prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award?
C. N. Karunakaran. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakh.
The award, instituted by the State Government, is given annually to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the field of painting and sculpture in the State.

43. Who claim title at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix held in Shanghai?
Jenson Button, McLaren’s British driver.

44. Agricultural scientist who became the first Cuban to win the U.S.-based Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as the "green Nobel?

(Photo:Franklin Reyes/Associated Press)

Humberto Rios Labrada. The award is considered as world’s biggest award for grassroots environmentalism.

45. Who won the Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Title defeating Fernando Verdasco( 6-0, 6-1)in the final?
Rafael Nadal. This is his 6th straight Monte Carlo Masters title

46. The first Malayalam playback singer and the actress who acted in the first Malayalam talkie 'Balan' died recently at the age of 86?
M. K. Kamalam.

47. Who has been named the new Chief Minister of Meghalaya?
Mukul Sangma.

48. Some 2,000 villagers from a city in Maharashtra on April 19, 2010 attacked the Coca-Cola unit and ransacked its pumping station in protest against water crisis in their region. Which is that city?
Villagers from Thane’s Vada attacked the Coca-Cola unit which directly draws water from the Vaitarna Dam for production of their various drinks.

49. Former Supreme Court Justice who will represent Tamil Nadu on the five-member committee constituted by the apex court to review the safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam?
A.R. Lakshmanan.

50. President of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001, who has died in Barcelona recently?
Juan Antonio Samaranch.
He was heading the IOC for 21 years for the longest tenure after that of the body's founding father, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

51. Who is the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka?

Dissanayake Mudiyansalage Jayaratne.
He is the senior most leader of the ruling Freedom Party.

52. Former Argentine de facto president and army chief who was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of ordering torture and illegal detentions during his 1982-1983 rule?
Reynaldo Bignone.

53. A pioneering voice of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died recently at Howard University Hospital?

Dorothy Irene Height.
She was an American administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

54. Name of the two presidents who have been announced as winners of the 2010 Champions of the Earth Awards, which is the United Nations’ highest award for environmental leadership?
Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana.
Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives.

55. Who was unanimously elected as the Speaker of Sri Lanka?
Chamal Rajapaksa. He is Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's older brother.

56. The president of Medical Council of India (MCI)who was arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs two crore to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab.
Dr. Ketan Desai.

57. India’s first marina which was inaugurated by Defense Minister A K Antony on 25th April 2010 is located at?
Bolghaty Island, Kochi, Kerala.
This marina of international standards is run by Ocean Blue can accommodate 34 yachts and a 3 story marina house.

58. Which team won the third edition of Indian Premiere League (2010)?
Chennai Super Kings.
They defeated Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in the final held in Mumbai.
Man of the Match: Suresh Raina( He scored 57 runs from 35 balls and took one wicket.)

59. Which state emerged overall champions in the seventh National Junior Youth Athletic Championships at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore?
Haryana won six gold, six silver and one bronze medals to relegate Maharashtra (6-5-3) to the runners-up position. Hosts Tamil Nadu with six gold, four silver and six bronze medals were overall third.

60. Who has been named the new interim chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL)?
Chirayu Amin.
BCCI suspended Lalit Modi from his post as chairman and commissioner of IPL, over allegations of financial irregularities, match-fixing and rigging of bids.

61. Manchester United and England striker who won the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award?
Wayne Rooney.

62. Indian diplomat and second secretary with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad who has been arrested after her alleged involvement was found in passing sensitive Indian government information to the Pakistan based Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI)?
Madhuri Gupta.

63. Name of India's first stem cell based product developed by Stempeutics Research Pvt. Ltd., a group company of Manipal Education & Medical Group?

64. The 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit is held in ?
The summit held in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu on April 28-29, 2010
Bhutan is hosting the summit for the first time since the regional body was established in 1985.

65. Which country formally marked completion of the world's longest seawall on April 27, 2010?
South Korea.
The 33.9 kilometre Saemangeum seawall encloses 401 square kilometres of seawater built in a reclaimed tidal flat in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, nearly 20 years after launching of the project.

66. The former drug-running dictator of Panama ousted by a US invasion in 1989, who has been flown from America to Paris where he will face trial on fresh money laundering charges?
Manuel Noriega.
He is a Panamanian politician and soldier. He was military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989.
The 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States removed him from power; he was captured, detained as a prisoner of war, and flown to the United States. He has been extradited to France from the United States.

67. Who has been declared the winner of Sudan’s first democratic presidential election in 24 years?
Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
Omar al-Bashir's victory was widely expected after his most credible challengers pulled out of the race to protest alleged fraud. The International Criminal Court, which has issued an arrest warrant against him for war crimes in Darfur.

68. Country which has won its bid for the world’s largest telescope to be constructed on its shores?
The 42-metre European Extremely Large Telescope will be built in Chile’s north — 3,060 meters (10, 040 feet) above sea level on a mountain known as Armazonas. Armazonas is located in the central part of the Atacama Desert.

69. Who has become the first woman to climb the world's peaks over 8,000 metres when she scaled Mount Annapurna in Nepal?
Oh Eun-sun. She is a South Korean female mountaineer.
Italy's Reinhold Messner was the first man to achieve the feat.

70. Name of the Indian-origin man who has received one of South Africa's highest honours “the Order of the Baobab in Silver”?
Imtiaz Sooliman
He started the Gift of the Givers Foundation more than a decade ago, received the Order of the Baobab in Silver from South African President Jacob Zuma .

71. Which country lifted it’s a decades-old travel ban on HIV-positive foreigners from visiting the country?

72. Who has been given additional charge of Governor of Rajasthan following the demise of former governor Prabha Rau?
Shiva Raj Patel.
He is the current Governor of Punjab.

73. The Supreme Court of India recently dismissed all cases registered against South Indian film actress and activist of her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex. Name of that actress?

74. Name of India's first indigenously-built stealth warship which was commissioned by defence minister A.K. Antony at the naval dockyard in Mumbai on April 29, 2010?
INS Shivalik.
INS Shivalik is the one and only Ship to use high-strength steel developed and produced in India. This ship is made to bypass the detection from normal radar and surveillance equipments. The ship is named on the high hills of ‘Shivalik’ Mountains in Himalayas.

75. Who is also the current chairman of SAARC?
Lyonchhen Jigmi Y.Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan.

76. Who topped the list of Britain's richest people according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List survey?
Lakshmi Mittal, British-based steel magnate.

77. The second edition of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) will be held in?
South Africa. The tournament will be held from September 10 to 26, 2010.

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