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Sunday, 30 October 2011


1. Judge of the Calcutta High Court who has tendered his resignation letter to the President to avoid being the first judge to be impeached by the Parliament?
Justice Soumitra Sen.

2. An international summit in which sixty nations, world bodies and officials of National Transitional Council of Libya participated in order to discuss Libya’s reconstruction was held in?
Paris, France.
The National Transitional Council of Libya sometimes known as the Transitional National Council, the Interim National Council, or the Libyan National Council, is a political body formed to represent Libya by anti-Gaddafi forces during the 2011 Libyan civil war, which has pitted these forces against the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi.

3. Man of the match winners of 5 ODI cricket series played between England and India held in England in September 2011:
First ODI played at Chester-le-Street on 03-09-11: Match Abandoned due to rain.

Second ODI played at Southampton on 06-09-11:
Man of the match: Alastair Cook (England). He scored unbeaten 80 runs from 63 balls.
Result: England beat India by 7 wickets.

Third ODI played at Oval on 09-09-11:
Man of the match: Ravindra Jadeja (India). He scored 78 runs and took two wickets.
Result: England beat India by 3 wickets (D/L method).

Fourth ODI played at Lords on 11-09-11:
Man of the match: Ravi Bopara (England) and Suresh Raina (India). Bopara scored 96 runs and Raina scored 84 runs.
Result: England tied with India (D/L method).

Fifth ODI played at Cardiff on 16-09-11:
Man of the match: Jonathan Bairstow (England). He scored unbeaten 41runs from 21 balls.
Result: England beat India by 6 wickets (D/L method).
SERIES RESULT: England wins the 5 ODI series 3-0.

4. Who won the Player of the Series Award in the 5 ODI cricket series played between England and India held in England in September 2011?

5. A tripartite agreement for Suspension of Operations was signed between the Centre, the Assam state government and the outlawed separatist group from Assam in New Delhi on 3 September 2011 with the objective of bringing permanent peace in Assam. Name of that separatist Group?
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

6. Player of the match winners of three test cricket series played between Australia and Sri Lanka held in Sri Lanka in September 2011.

First test played at Galle (from Aug 31-Sep 04, 2011):
Player of the Match: Michael Hussey. (Australia).He scored 95 runs in first innings.
Result: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 125 runs.

Second test played at Kandy (from Sep 8-Sep 12, 2011):
Player of the Match: Michael Hussey. (Australia).He scored 142 runs in first innings.
Result: Sri Lanka drew with Australia

Third test played at Colombo (from Sep 8-Sep 12, 2011):
Player of the Match: Michael Hussey. (Australia).He scored 118 runs in first innings and 93 runs in second innings.
Result: Sri Lanka drew with Australia
SERIES RESULT: Australia wins the 3 Test series 1-0.

7. Who won the Player of the Series Award in the 3 test cricket series played between Sri Lanka and Australia held in Sri Lanka in September 2011?
Michael Hussey. (Australia).

8. The Mexican drug kingpin also known as “Metro 3”, who was shot dead on a highway near the border with the United States recently?
Samuel Flores Borrego.

9. Who won the Man of the Match award in the only test cricket match played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in September 2011?
Mohammad Hafeez. (Pakistan).
He scored 119 runs in first innings and 38 runs in second innings. He also took 4 wickets in second innings.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets.

10. Name of the Severe Tropical Storm which approached Japan on September 1, 2011, causing many deaths and damage?
Talas was the 12th named storm and the 7th severe tropical storm of the 2011 Pacific typhoon season. The word Talas is a Filipino word meaning sharpness.

11. Man of the match winners of 3 ODI cricket series played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held Zimbabwe in September 2011.
First ODI played at Bulawayo on 08-09-11:
Man of the Match: Younus Khan. (Pakistan).
He scored 78 runs.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 5 runs.

Second ODI played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on 11-09-11:
Man of the match: Mohammad Hafeez. (Pakistan). He scored 139 runs.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets.

Third ODI played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on 14-09-11:
Man of the match: Aizaz Cheema. (Pakistan). He took 4 wickets.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs.

SERIES STATUS: Pakistan wins the 3 ODI series 3-0.

12. Who won the WISPA $9,000 Orange County Open Squash title held in California?

Dipika Pallikal. (India).
She defeated Tathreb Adel of Egypt.

13. Player of the match winners of two Twenty –Twenty International cricket matches played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held Zimbabwe in September 2011.

First T20 played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on September 16, 2011:
Mohammad Hafeez. (Pakistan). He scored 71 runs and took 4 wickets.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 85 runs.

Second T20 played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on September 18, 2011:
Mohammad Hafeez. (Pakistan). He scored 51 runs and took 3 wickets.
Result: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 5 runs.

14. Cuba's defense minister and longtime aide to President Raul Castro, who died on September 3, 2011 in Havana due to heart failure at the age of 75?
General Julio Casas Reguerio.
He was an accountant who fought in Cuba's revolution, then used his training to run the military's lucrative economic enterprises for two decades before becoming defense minister.

15. CBI has arrested former Karnataka minister and mining baron on charges of illegal mining operations in Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) in Andhra Pradesh. Name of that former Karnataka Minister?
Gali Janardhana Reddy
CBI also arrested Srinivasa Reddy, managing director of OMC.

16. The report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests recently. The panel is headed by?
Madhav Gadgil.

17. Which countries on 06-09-11 signed -the "Framework Cooperation Agreement for Development" along with a number of agreements, protocols and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the two?
Bangladesh and India.
Here is the List of agreements signed between India and Bangladesh:
1. Framework Agreement on Cooperation for Development.
2. Protocol to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement.
3. Facilitating Overland Transit Traffic between Bangladesh and Nepal.
4. Two MOUs on conservation of Sunderbans and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
5. MOU on Fisheries.
6. MOU in Renewable energy.
7. MOU on cooperation between Dhaka University and JNU.
8. MOU on cooperation between Doordarshan and Bangladesh TV.
9. MOU between NIFT and Bangladesh Institute of Fashion Technology.

18. The 2011 Delhi bombing took place outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court
September 7, 2011.
The terror attack in Delhi killed 12 people and injured 76.

19. Chief Executive of Yahoo who was removed from her position at Yahoo! (via phone call) on September 6, 2011?

Carol Ann Bartz.
She is an American business executive, the former president and CEO of the Internet services company Yahoo, and former chairman, president and CEO at architectural and engineering design software company Autodesk. She became CEO of Autodesk in 1992. On January 13, 2009, Bartz was named CEO of Yahoo.

20. A Private jet carrying professional ice hockey team crashed on 07-09-11, shortly after takeoff, killing 43 people. This worst aviation disaster in sports history occurred in which country?
Of the 45 people on board, 36 were players, coaches and team officials; eight were crew.
The plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl. The team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season of the Kontinental Hockey League.

21. Who has sworn as chief minister of Uttarakhand state on 11 September 2011 replacing Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank?
Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri.

22. Which country won the inaugural Asian Men’s Hockey Championship held in Ordos, China?
India defeated Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout in the final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament title.

23. Who was confirmed as the 2011 Dextro Energy ITU world triathlon champion?
Alistair Brownlee. (Britain)

24. American actor who won an Oscar playing a mentally disabled janitor in "Charly" and worked in movies ranging from "PT 109" to "Spider-Man 3," died in New York on September 10, 2011?
Cliff Robertson.
Robertson portrayed a young John F. Kennedy in the 1963 film PT 109, and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly. On television, he portrayed retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the 1976 adaptation of Aldrin's autobiographic “Return to Earth”, played a fictional character based on Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms in the 1977 adaptation of John Ehrlichman's Watergate novel “The Company”, and portrayed Henry Ford in the 1987 “Ford: The Man and the Machine”. His last well-known film appearances were in 2002 through 2007 as Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man film trilogy.

25. Who becomes the First Australian Woman to Win U.S. Open Since 1973?

Samantha Stosur.
She won the U.S Open -2011 defeating three-time champion Serena Williams (U.S.A). 6-2, 6-3 in the final. She becomes the first woman from Australia to win the title since Margaret Court in 1973.

26. Who has been crowned Miss Universe 2011 in the star-studded ceremony in Brazil's Sao Paolo?

Leila Lopes. (Miss Angola)

27. Which countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on manpower on September 13, 2011?
India and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The MoU on manpower will facilitate Indians workers who are headed to the Gulf country.

28. Who won the U.S. Open Men’s title 2011 defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal
in the final?
Novak Djokovic.
This is his first US Open title.

29. Champions Trophy Hockey 2011 will be held in?
Auckland, New Zealand from December 3 to 11.
The Champions Trophy was initially allotted to India but the tussle between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation over who would govern the sport cost the country the hosting rights of the event.

30. Who has been named the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2011?

Jonathan Trott.
Previous winners of the Cricketer of the Year award include Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson (2009) and Sachin Tendulkar (2010).

31. Winners of ICC Awards-2011:
The eighth ICC awards ceremony was held in London, England on 12 September 2011. Award winners were:
Cricketer of the Year: Jonathan Trott (England)
Test player of the year: Alastair Cook (England)
ODI player of the year: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
ICC Emerging player of the year: Devendra Bishoo (West Indies)
Best T20 performance of the year: Tim Southee (New Zealand)
Spirit of Cricket award: MS Dhoni (India)
ICC Associate player of the year: Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Umpire of the year: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
LG people's choice award: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).

32. Name of the song popularized by the ANC (African National Congress) during its battle against National Party rule which is banned by South African High Court recently?
“Shoot The Boer”
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled the song unconstitutional and unlawful because it targets a specific ethnic group for violence.

33. Name of the six-tonne NASA science satellite which crashed to Earth on September 24, 2011 in a remote area of the Pacific?
The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS).
UARS was a NASA-operated orbital observatory whose mission was to study the Earth’s atmosphere, particularly the protective ozone layer. The satellite was deployed from Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-48 mission on September 15, 1991. When the mission ended in June 2005 due to funding cuts, 14 years after the satellite's launch, six of its ten instruments were still operational. UARS was decommissioned and a final orbit-lowering burn was performed in early December 2005.

34. Which country has banned Muslims from praying outdoors?
A ban on Muslims praying in the streets of France came into effect from September 16, 2011.

35. Who is elected as the first woman prime minister of Denmark?
Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

36. Which country became the 7th country in the world having the technology to produce titanium sponge?
The public sector Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited started producing titanium sponge from its Titanium Sponge Plant (TSP) which was inaugurated in February , 2011by the Defence Minister A.K. Antony. Titanium sponge is the raw material for titanium metal.

37. Name of the Twin girls born joined at the head who have been successfully separated by doctors of London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital?
Rital Gaboura and Ritag Gaboura
The girls were separated over four stages. Two initial operations took place in May, before tissue expanders were inserted in July and the final separation was attempted on August 15. The girls suffered from the rare condition of craniopagus, and the surgery was carried out by a team led by David Dunaway.

38. Who has been appointed as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)?
N. Srinivasan.
He will be the 30th President of BCCI. He will take over the charges from Shashank Manohar. He is the managing director of India Cements Ltd and the owner of one of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings.

Other Important posts of BCCI:
Secretary, BCCI: Sanjay Jagdale.
The Media Committee Chairman, BCCI: Vilasrao Deshmukh,
The Marketing Committee Chairman, BCCI: Farukh Abdullah
Finance Committee Chairman, BCCI: Jyotiradiya Scindia.
Chairman of Selectors: Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

39. Who is appointed as the Chairman of Indian Premiere League?
Rajiv Shukla

40. Name the Team which has been expelled from the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) for failing to meet their financial obligations?
Kochin Tuskers Kerala

41. Karnataka Lokayukta who resigned on 19 -09-11 in the wake of a media exposé that showed irregularities in the allotment of two residential plots to him and his wife?
Shivaraj V. Patil.

42. India’s highest literary honour, Jnanpith Award for the yea-2010 is won by?
Chandrasekhar Kambar.
He is a novelist and playwright. His noted works include Takararinavaru, Saavirada Neralu, Chakori (poetries); Jokumaraswamy, Chalesha, Jaisidanayaka, Harakeya Kuri (plays),Karimaayi, and Singarevva mattu Aramane (novels and stories).

43. Who have been chosen for Jnanpith Award for the year 2009?
Amar Kant and Shrilal Shukla.
They are eminent Hindi authors. Famous novel of Kant, “Inhin Hathiyaron Se” earned him Sahitya Akademi Award in 2007. Shukla, born in 1925 in Uttar Pradesh, is an eminent novelist and a satirist whose noted works include Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav, Agyatvas, and Bisrampur Ka Sant. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian literature and culture.

44. The former Afghan president who was killed in a suicide bomb attack on his home close to the American embassy in Kabul on September 20, 2011?
Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Rabbani, a former leader of a powerful mujahideen party during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, was chosen by Karzai to head the High Peace Council last October.

45. The ratings agency Standard & Poor's which has recently downgraded a European country’s credit rating by one level -- from "A+" to "A”. Which is that country?

46. Who has been named Bangladesh's new captain for the upcoming home series against the West Indies and Pakistan?
Mushfiqur Rahim.

47. Former South Australia state cricketer who has stepped down as the head coach of Australia's national cricket team after four years?
Tim Nielsen.

48. Indian American who has been named MacArthur Fellow for 2011 along with 21 others by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his remarkable invention of energy saving devices?
Shwetak Patel.
Each year, the MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships of $500,000 to roughly twenty “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Shwetak Patel has invented a series of sensor technology systems for home environments with the goal of saving energy and improving daily life through a broad range of applications. Each of the 22 awardees will receive $500,000 (about Rs 2.4 Crore) in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.

49. Name of the powerful typhoon struck in Japan pummeling the Tokyo area with heavy rain, disrupting public transport and leaving six people dead?
Typhoon Roke.

50. The former Indian cricket team captain who passed away on 22 September, 2011 evening in a Delhi hospital?
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
He was the youngest captain to lead the Indian cricket team in tests at the early age of 21,
He played in 46 tests for India and scored 2793 runs with 6 hundreds & 16 fifties. He lead the team in 40 test matches, 9 of which resulted in victory. Under Tiger Pataudi’s captaincy, India won the first international test match by beating New Zealand in New Zealand. He was an Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1962, and a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. He published an autobiography, Tiger's Tale, in 1969. He was the manager of the India team in 1974-1975, and referee for two Ashes Tests in 1993.
He honoured with Arjun award in 1964 and Padma Shri in 1967.
He married actress Sharmila Tagore, great-grandniece of Rabindranath Tagore. They had three children: Saif Ali Khan, a Bollywood actor, Soha Ali Khan, a Bollywood actress and Saba Ali Khan, a jewellery designer.

51. Former Australia batsman who is appointed as the national cricket coach of Sri Lanka?
Geoff Marsh.

52. Former India batsman who announced his retirement from first class cricket in Mumbai on September 23, 2011?
Vinod Kambli.
He represented India in 17 Tests scoring 1,084 runs, at an average of 54.20, besides 2,477 runs in 104 ODIs.

53. Name of the autobiography of former Pakistani right arm fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar?
‘Controversially Yours’.

54. Despite mounting pressures, including the repeated U.S. veto threats, which country on September 23, 2011 applied for full United Nations membership?

55. Name of the new multilateral counter-terrorism body which consists of 30 founding members (29 countries plus the European Union) from around the world?
The Global Counter-terrorism Forum.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton launched Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) designed to enhance international cooperation to fight terrorism.

56. Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface medium range missile of India which was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on the Orissa coast on 24-09-11?
The missile is ten metres long, 74 cm in diameter and weighs 6.2 tones. Its two stages use solid propellants. It was designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. The missile can be used by both the Navy and the Army because it could perform various roles.

57. Who won the Hansol Korea Open Tennis title 2011 beating Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) in the final?
Jose-Maria Martinez Sanchez. (Spain)

58. Which country defeated defending Champions Korea 2-0 to win the bronze medal in the 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament at Bangkok?
Japan won the 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament title beating China (1-0) in the final.

59. Who has crowned the 38th BMW Berlin Marathon with a world record?
Patrick Makau (Kenya)
He has broken Haile Gebrselassie's 3-year old world record with a sensational run in Berlin, clocking 2:03:38.

60. Name of the two Indians who were among the world's "50 most influential people", according to a survey by UK-based magazine New Statesman.?
Sonia Gandhi (United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson) and Ratan Tata (Industrialist)
German chancellor Angel Merkel, who was ranked No 1.

61. Kenyan social activist and environmental crusader who founded the Green Belt Movement has died of cancer on 25-09-11?
Wangari Maathai.
She is the first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai won the Nobel in 2004 for combining environmentalism and social activism. Her Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977, planted tens of millions of trees.

62. Player of the match winners of two Twenty –Twenty International cricket matches played between England and West Indies held in England in September 2011.
First Twenty –Twenty International played at Oval, London on September 23, 2011:
Player of the Match: Ravi Bopara. (England). He took 4 wickets conceding just 10 runs.
Result: England beat West Indies by 10 wickets.

Second Twenty –Twenty International played at Oval, London on September 25, 2011:
Player of the Match: Garey Mathurin. (West Indies). He took 3 wickets conceding just 9 runs.
Result: West Indies beat England by 25 runs

Series Status: 2 T20I series level 1-1.

63. Name of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile test fired by India on September 26, 2011 from the Interim Test Range (ITR) located at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district?
Prithvi II.
Prithvi II, India’s first indigenously built surface-to-surface strategic missile which has a capability to hit a target at a distance of 350 km carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warheads. The missile has already been inducted into the Indian armed forces.

64. According to reports by the Save the Children organization, which country is number one in all of Latin America in terms of pediatrics and number eight world-wide in children’s medical care?

65. Which country has won the Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Iran?
India defeated Pakistan in the finals of the Asian Kabaddi Championship.

66. Scientists at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the world's largest physics laboratory recently discovered that an oddball type of subatomic particle going faster than the speed of light. Name of that subatomic particle?
Neutrinos going faster than the 186,282 miles per second that has long been considered the cosmic speed limit. CERN says as part of its 'OPERA' experiment, a neutrino beam fired from a particle accelerator near Geneva to a lab 730 km away in Italy travelled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. It revealed that neutrinos travel at a velocity of 20 parts per million above the speed of light.

67. Who won the 'Best Indian Player' award given by the Football Players Association of India?
Mehtab Hussain (East Bengal). He also won the Fans Player of the Year Award through online voting.
Other Awardees:
Best Foreign Player: Roberto 'Beto' Mendes Silva (Dempo)
Best Coach: Karim Bencherifa (Salgaocar)
Best Young Player: Jeje Lalpekhlua (Pune FC)
Fans Player of Asian Cup (online voting): Subrata Paul (Pune FC)

68. A British cargo ship sunk during the Second World War has been discovered recently in the Atlantic with the world's largest ever haul of precious metal onboard. Name of that ship?
Gairsoppa was a British steam merchant ship that saw service during the Second World War. She was returning from India to Britain in 1941 with a cargo of silver ingots, pig iron and tea. She sailed with several convoys, before joining Convoy SL 64. Running low on fuel, she left the convoy and headed for Galway, Ireland, She was circled by a German Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft at 08:00 on 16th February and at 22.30 was spotted by U-101(German submarine). Torpedoed on the starboard side in No. 2 hold, she sank within 20 minutes.

Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration on September 26th, 2011 confirmed the identity and location of the Gairsoppa. The wreck of the ship was found on the sea floor at a depth of nearly 4,700 meters, 300 miles off the coast of Ireland. Footage of the Gairsoppa was provided by the Odyssey Marine Exploration Company on September 26th, 2011 .It was reported that the silver to be recovered from the ship could have a value of £150 million at 2011 prices. Odyssey Marine indicated that the operation to recover the bullion would begin in the spring of 2012. Odyssey will retain 80% of the value of any recovered cargo, with the remainder going to HM Treasury.

69. The man, who invented the first effective implantable pacemaker, has died in Buffalo, New York on September 27, 2011. Name the inventor of the implantable cardiac pacemaker?

Wilson Greatbatch.
The first successful cardiac pacemaker was implanted in a human in 1960. A pacemaker is a medical device that uses electrical impulses to control heart rhythm, or to reproduce a heart rhythm. An implantable pacemaker, or internal pacemaker has electrodes that go into the heart, the circuitry and power supply are implanted internally.

70. Former Egyptian information Minister under the Mubarak regime, who has been sentenced to seven years behind bars after he was found guilty by a criminal court of misusing funds of the state-owned Radio and TV?
Anas Al Fekky.

71. Which football club thrashed defending champion Kingfisher East Bengal 3-1 to claim the 33rd Federation Cup after the gap of 14 years at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata?
Salgaocar SC.
This is their first Federation Cup since 1997.

72. Which country lifted the trophy of the Superclasico de las Americas with a 2-0 win over Argentina?
Superclasico de las Americas is an annual football match-up between the national teams of Argentina and Brazil. Founded in 2011, it is the successor of the Roca Cup.

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