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Monday, 28 October 2013


1.    Prominent leader of Bangladesh's opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party who has been sentenced to death by the country's war crimes tribunal?
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

2.    Senior Congress leader who has been acquitted of all charges by a Sessions Court on April 30, 2013 in the murder of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case?
Sajjan Kumar.

3.    The Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG)  who has resigned after the Supreme Court observed that sharing of the CBI report on coal blocks scam with political bosses was a “massive breach of trust” putting the credibility of the Centre at stake.?
Harin P Raval.

4.    Former President of Pakistan who has been banned from contesting elections by the High Court in the northwestern city of Peshawar on 30 April 2013?
Pervez Musharraf.

5.     Which country occupies the top rank in the Economist magazine's Index of Democracy 2012 which is conducted among 165 nations?
The top three positions go to Norway (9.93) Sweden (9.73) and Iceland 9.65, while the United States is ranked 21st with an overall score of 8.11 in the fifth edition of the Index prepared by the London weekly “Economist” focusing on international politics and business. India ranked 38th with an overall score of 7.52. India also gets high scores for electoral process and pluralism (9.58) and civil liberties (9.41).

6.    Former FIFA president who has resigned as honorary president FIFA after an ethics committee report named him as having received bribe money.
Joao Havelange.

7.    Who has been elected, unopposed, as the first female Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh?

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
She was the state minister for women and children affairs until her election as the speaker of the parliament. Born in 1966, Dr Shirin is the youngest Speaker of Bangladesh.

8.    Who has been named as the president of Asian Football Confederation?
Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa.

9.     Indian national who was convicted and sentenced to death by Pakistan court for his alleged involvement in terrorist attacks, died  of cardiac arrest after being comatose for nearly a week following the attack by other prisoners on April 26?
Sarabjit Singh.

10.    India's 1st full length feature film which completed 100 years on May 3, 2013?

Raja Harishchandra.
On 3 May 2013, Indian cinema completed exactly 100 years. Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, Raja Harishchandra was released on May 3, 1913 after it was premiered on 21 April 1913 at the Olympia Theatre. The run time of the silent film was around 40 minutes.

11.     Pakistani special prosecutor working on the Benazir Bhutto murder case who has been shot dead in Islamabad by unidentified gunmen?
Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali.

12.    Man of the match winners of 3 ODI cricket series played between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Zimbabwe in May 2013:
First ODI Cricket between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Bulawayo on May 3, 2013:
Man of the Match: Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh). He took 5 wickets conceding 30 runs.
Result: Bangladesh won by 121 runs.

Second ODI Cricket between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Bulawayo on May 5, 2013:
Man of the Match: Sean Williams (Zimbabwe). He scored unbeaten 78 runs.
Result: Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets.

Third ODI Cricket between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Bulawayo on May 8, 2013:
Man of the Match: Vusi Sibanda (Zimbabwe). He scored unbeaten 103 runs.
Result: Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets.
Series Result: Zimbabwe won the 3-match series 2-1.

13.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 3 ODI cricket series played between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Zimbabwe in May 2013?
Vusi Sibanda (Zimbabwe).

14.    Man of the match winners of 2 Test cricket series played between England and New Zealand held in England in May 2013:
First Test Cricket match between England and New Zealand held in Lords from May 16-19, 2013:
Man of the Match: Stuart Broad (England)). He took 1 wicket in first innings and 7 wickets in second innings.
Result: England won by 170 runs.

Second Test Cricket match between England and New Zealand held in Leeds from May 24-28, 2013:
Man of the Match: Grame Swann (England).He took 4 wickets in first innings and 6 wickets in second innings.
Result: England won by 247 runs.
Series Result: England won the 2-match series 2-0.

15.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 2 Test cricket series played between England and New Zealand held in England in May 2013?
Graeme Swann (England).

16.    Indian scientist who has been awarded with the prestigious Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence for his innovative efforts in reducing tobacco consumption in India?

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi.

17.    Name the world’s smallest robot failing insect which has been created by Harvard University developers?
The Robo-Fly is constructed from carbon fibre, and weighs just a fraction of a gram. The Robo-Fly is equipped with super-fast electronic “muscles” to power its wings, and is currently the world’s smallest flying robot.

18.    A fugitive convicted killer and former Black Liberation Army member who becomes the first woman to be put on the FBI's list of "Most Wanted Terrorists"?

Joanne Chesimard.
She is a member of the Black Liberation Army also known as Assata Shakur, fled to Cuba in 1979 after escaping from a prison where she was serving a life sentence for murder.

19.    Who won the Portugal Open Women’s Tennis title-2013 defeating Suarez Navarro in the final?
 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. (Russia).

20.     Professional Italian association football club which  won its 29th Serie A title-2013?
Serie A is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 seasons.

21.    Who has been appointed as the captain of West Indies Cricket team for the ICC Champions Trophy-2013?
Dwayne Bravo.

22.    Former prime minister of Italy and one of the most powerful figures in his country’s politics after World War II, died on May 6, 2013?

Giulio Andreotti.
He served as the 41st Prime Minister of Italy from 1972 to 1973, from 1976 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1992.

23.    Who is elected as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia?
Najib Razak.

24.    The World Chess Championship 2013 will be held in?
 Chennai, India.
The World Chess Championship 2013 will be a match between the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (winner of the World Chess Championship 2012) and Magnus Carlsen, to determine the 2013 World Chess Champion. It will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, from 9 to 28 November 2013 in Chennai, India.

25.    Which team won the I-League football title-2013?
Churchill Brothers.

26.    According to the final census report of India, which state has recorded the highest growth in population?
Among the major states, highest growth in population has been recorded in Bihar (25.4 per cent) while 14 states and Union Territories have recorded population growth above 20 per cent.

27.    According to the final census, India's total population stands at?
1.21 billion.
Highest proportion of urban population is in NCT Delhi (97.5 per cent).
Literacy rate in India in 2011 has increased by 8 per cent to 73 per cent in comparison to 64.8 per cent in 2001. Top five states and UTs, where literacy rate is the highest, are Kerala (94 per cent), Lakshadweep (91.8 per cent), Mizoram (91.3 per cent), Goa (88.7 per cent) and Tripura (87.2).The bottom five states and UTs are Bihar (61.8 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh (65.4 per cent), Rajasthan (66.1 per cent), Jharkhand (66.4 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (67 per cent).

28.    Which state has the worst male-female ratio among all states in India according to the final Census?
According to the 2011 Census, the number of females per 1000 males in Haryana in 2011 stands at 879 followed by Jammu and Kashmir (889 female) and Punjab (895 females).

29.    Which state has the best male-female ratio among all states in India according to the final Census?
According to the 2011 Census, five top performing states in terms of sex ratio were Kerala (1,084 females), Tamil Nadu (996), Andhra Pradesh (993), Chhattisgarh (991), Odisha (979).

30.    Which party got majority of seats in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013 held in May 2013?
Indian National Congress.
Summary of results of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, 2013:
The election was held in a single phase on 5 May 2013 out of total 224 seats.
Congress: 122
BJP: 40
KJP: 6
Others: 16

31.    Manager of Manchester United who retired after winning 13 Premier League titles?
Alex Ferguson.
He is a former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013.

32.    A convicted Pakistani militant who jailed in India died on May 9, 2013 in hospital after being beaten by another inmate in an apparent revenge attack for the death of Indian spy prisoner Sarabjit Singh?
Sanaullah Haq.

33.    The senior assistant secretary general of the political party of Bangladesh “Jamaat-e-Islami” who has been sentenced to death on 9 May 2013 by the International Crimes Tribunal  for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation war of Bangladesh?
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.
The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced him to death after it found Kamaruzzaman guilty of crimes against humanity including genocide, killing, rape, looting, arson, and deportation of people during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

34.    Who is appointed as the Manager of Manchester United following Alex Ferguson retirement from that post?
David Moyes.

35.    Railway Minister and Law Minister of India who were forced to resign by the Congress and the Prime Minister over allegations of corruption and interference with graft probe. Name the ministers?
Pawan Kumar Bansal (Railway Minister) and Ashwani Kumar (Law Minister).

36.    Who is the new Law Minister of India?
Kapil Sibal.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has been allotted the additional charge of the Law Ministry.

37.    Who is the new Railway Minister of India?
C. P. Joshi.

38.     Who is the new Chief Minister of Karnataka?

39.     Kolkata-born Indian teenager who has become the youngest medalist in a century of the famed University, Berkeley?

Ritankar Das.
He is the first student from the College of Chemistry in 58 years, and the first ever from the Department of Bioengineering, to earn the honour, which includes a $2,500 scholarship.

40.    Former Guatemalan President who was extradited to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million in Guatemalan funds through U.S. bank accounts?
Alfonso Portillo.

41.    Which team won the 2013 FA cup beating Manchester City (1-0) in the final?
Wigan Athletic
       The 2013 FA Cup Final was the 132nd final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition. The match, contested by Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, took place on 11 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London.

42.    Who won the Madrid Open Tennis Women’s Title 2013 beating Maria Sharapova in the final?
Serena Williams.

43.    Who won the Madrid Open Tennis men’s Title 2013 defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets?
Rafael Nadal.

44.    Which club won the Spanish League soccer title-2013?

45.    Which club won French league title-2013?
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.
Paris-Saint Germain clinched its first French league title since 1994. Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known simply as Paris Saint-Germain (familiarly as Paris SG or PSG), is a professional association football club based in Paris, France.

46.     Prolific Indian reformist-writer and social activist who lead the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement, died on 14 May 2013?

Asghar Ali Engineer.
Engineer also served as head of the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, both of which he founded in 1980 and 1993 respectively. Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer’s autobiography A Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change was released in New Delhi on 20 July 2011 by Shri Hamid Ansari, the then Vice President of India .

47.    Who is elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan?
Nawaz Sharif.

48.    The first female to anchor United States daily network television news show who has announced that she will retire next year?
Barbara Walters.
She is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20, co-anchored the ABC Evening News, and is a contributor to ABC News.

49.    65-year-old grandmother who has been crowned winner of the first ever Miss Geriatric pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil?
Irenilda de Oliveira Meneses.

50.    Who is elected as the mayor Manila, (Capital of Philippines) on May 14, 2013?
Joseph Estrada.

51.    Britain’s oldest tortoise, who survived two world wars and lived through the reigns of six British monarchs, has died aged 130 after being bitten by a rat?

52.    Who became the first batsman in the Twenty20 history, and sixth overall, to be ruled out for obstructing the field?
Yusuf Pathan.
Test cricket has seen only one batsman, Briton Len Hutton, getting out in that fashion while four players so far have been ruled out in the ODIs, latest being Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez against South Africa.  Pakistan's Rameez Raja (1987) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (2006) while India's Mohinder Amarnath (1989) are the other three batsmen who were out in similar fashion in ODIs.

53.    England's youngest ever defender when he made his debut against Cameroon in 1997, who has announced his retirement from international football in May 2013?
Rio Ferdinand.

54.    Restaurant in Taiwan which was crowned Asia’s Best restaurant according to the poll by the US based food website “The Daily meal”?
Din Tai Fung.

55.    Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England midfielder who has announced he will retire from professional football at the end of the season?
David Beckham.
He has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. He was the first English player to win league titles in four countries.

56.    Which state of India will host the 2013-14 World Cup Kabbaddi Championship for Men and Women?
Tamil Nadu.

57.    Which country won gold at the inaugural FIBA Asia 3x3 Basketball Championship in Doha (Qatar) defeating Mongolia in the final?
Indian women basketball team won gold in inaugural FIBA Asia 3x3 basketball tournament 2013 in Doha on 17 May 2013.

58.    Name the oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter which is sold for s $37 million at Sotheby's contemporary art auction on May 14, 2013?
"Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan),"

59.    Mumbai Indians pacer who became the first bowler in Indian Premier League (IPL) to pick 100 wickets?
Lasith Malinga.

60.    Who became the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to scale Mount Everest?

Raha Moharrak.

61.    Name the 16 year old Manipur Boy who has become the youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest?
Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba.
He was 16 years 7 months and 11 days when he made the summit. Earlier the youngest Indian to climb Mt Everest was Arjun Vajpai (16 year 11 month 18 days) of New Delhi.

62.    Which club won the 2013 Copa Del Rey defeating real Madrid in the final held on 17 May 2013?
Atletico Madrid.

63.    Which player won the Italian Open Women’s Tennis title-2013 defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final?
Serena Williams.
 64.    Which pair won the Rome Masters Tennis Doubles title -2013?
Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan. (USA)
They defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna (India) in the final.

65.    Which club won the 2012–13 Primeira Liga season, the top-tier football league in Portugal?
F.C. Porto.

66.    Who won the Italian Open men’s Tennis title-2013 defeating Roger Federer in the final?
Rafael Nadal.

67.    Who becomes the first leader from an Indian-based civil society organisation to be appointed deputy minister of Malaysia?
Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy.
               He is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who is currently an activist of the HINDRAF campaign to fight discrimination against Malaysian Hindus.

68.    Who is appointed as the Home minister of Karnataka?
K J George.

69.    The CEO and President of iGate Global Solutions, a leading IT company, who was sacked after allegations of sexual harassment from his female colleague Araceli Roiz, Head of Investor Relations at iGate on 21st May?
Phaneesh Murthy.

70.    Who is the new CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) of India?
Shashi Kant Sharma.
He succeeded Vinod Rai as the supreme auditor of the Constitutional body on 22 May 2013.

71.    Noted playback singer who was conferred with the Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran instituted by Madhya Pradesh government?
He is the 28th recipient of the award. He was given Rs two lakh cash, honour plaque, shawl and a coconut. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. The first recipient of Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran was music composer Naushad.

72.    Which country passed the landmark Immigration Bill on 22 May 2013, which offers a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants and increasing H-1B visas?

73.    Which language has been declared as the 5th classical language of India by the Union Cabinet of India?
Languages declared to be Classical are Tamil (in 2004), Sanskrit (in 2005), Kannada, Telugu (in 2008), and Malayalam (in 2013).

74.    Indian-origin boy from Massachusetts who won the 2013 National Geographic Bee competition, held on May 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.?
Sathwik Karnik.

75.    Name the 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer who has become the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest?
Yuichiro Miura.

76.    Who won the Man Booker International Prize 2013?

Lydia Davis.
Lydia Davis is an American writer noted for her short stories. Davis is also a novelist, essayist, and translator from French and other languages, and has produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Proust's Swann’s Way and Flaubert's Madame Bovary. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is available in translation in the English language. Previous winners include Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).

77.    Who has been selected as the winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural Nora Ephron Prize?
Meera Menon.
She won the award for film “Farah Goes Bang”. The award carries a cash prize of $25,000.

78.    Who becomes the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest?

Arunima Sinha.
She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. She was a national level volleyball player who was pushed out of a running train by thieves in 2011 while resisting them. One of her legs had to be amputated below the knee as a result. Arunima joined the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) camp in Uttarkashi last year, where she trained by Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer Mt Everest.

79.     Legendary playback and devotional singer who rendered numerous hit songs for heroes likes MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, died on 25 May 2013?

 T.M. Soundararajan.
He is popularly known as TMS. TMS started his career with the film Krishna Vijayam where he rendered the famous number “Radhey Ennai Vittu Odathedi ”.He has sung over 20000 film songs from more than 5000 films.  In a career spanning over 6 decades he has recorded film songs in eleven languages including, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages. He was the music director for the film "Bala Parikshai". His peak period as a male playback singer in the South Indian film industry was from 1955 to 1985. TMS was awarded Padma Shri in 2003 and Kalaimamani by the state government.

80.    The 21st African Union (AU) Summit, was held in?
Addis Ababa.

81.     Which club won the Champions League -2013 title?
Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich defeated German rival Borussia Dortmund (2-1) in the final of the Champions League.

82.    Former Supreme Court judge who has been appointed Chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA)?
R. V. Raveendran.

83.    Which team won the Pepsi IPL 2013?
Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians won Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 finals by twenty three runs for the first time against Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.

84.    Which player won the Man of the match award in the final of IPL-2013?
Kieron Pollard. (Mumbai Indians).He scored unbeaten 60 runs and took 0ne wicket.

85.    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chennai Super Kings who has been suspended by BCCI for his alleged involvement in the spot fixing scandal?
Gurunath Meiyappan.

86.     Islamic scholar and first person to translate the entire Quran to Malayalam language who died on May 27, 2013?
Muttanisseril Koyakutty Mualavi.
He was awarded the Kerala Sahithya Akademi Literary award for translating the Holy Quran in 1967.

87.    Amway India Enterprises Chief Executive Officer and Chairman who was arrested by the Crime Branch officials of Kerala police on charges of financial irregularities and cheating?
William Scott Pinckney.

88.    Chhattisgarh Congress Committee chief who has been killed by Maoists on May 25, 2013?
Nand Kumar Patel.
He won the legislative election from the Kharsia Assembly Constituency five times in a row (1990, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008). He was a cabinet minister in the state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He along with his son Dinesh have been kidnapped and killed by Naxalites during the 2013 Naxal attack in Darbha valley.

89.     Nine-year-old Mumbai girl who has claimed a bronze medal in the World School Chess championship held at Haldikki in Greece?
Ananya Gupta.

90.    Which film won the Palme d'Or (Best Film) award in the Cannes Film Festival 2013?
La Vie d'Adele Chapitre 1 & 2 ("Blue is the Warmest Colour").

91.    Complete list of winners of the Cannes Film Festival 2013:
Palme d'Or (Best Film): La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2 ("Blue is the Warmest Colour") by Abdellatif Kechiche (France)
Grand Prix (Runner-up): Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
Jury Prize (Third Prize): Soshite Chichi Ni Naru ("Like Father, Like Son") by Kore-Eda Hirokazu (Japan)
Camera d'Or (Debut Film): Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen (Singapore)
Best Director: Heli by Amat Escalante (Mexico)
Best Screenplay: Tian Zhu Ding (A Touch of Sin) by Jia Zhangke (China)
Best Actress: Berenice Bejo in Le Passé ("The Past") (France)
Best Actor: Bruce Dern in Nebraska (U.S.)
Short Film: Safe by Moon Byoung-Gon (South Korea).

92.    Noted Bengali filmmaker who won 12 national and many international awards, died on 30 May 2013 in Kolkata?

Rituparno Ghosh.
Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti' in 1994. His film 'Unishe April' won national award winner in 1995. His other widely acclaimed films include 'Dahan', 'Asukh', 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat', 'Bariwali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Noukadubi'.

93.    In a major boost to bilateral security cooperation, which countries signed extradition treaty on May 30, 2013 after 20 years of negotiations?
India and Thailand.
The treaty provides the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders, including those involved in terrorism, transnational crimes and economic offences among others.

94.    Name the village in Utharpradesh which got electricity for the first time - 65 years after independence?
Chibaukhera is just about 20 km from Lucknow.  A newly installed 100 kilowatt (KW) electric transformer has changed the life of villagers in Chibaukhera.

95.    Veteran women's rights activist and pioneer of feminist studies in India who died in Delhi on May 31, 2013?
Vina Mazumdar.
She was the founding Director of the Centre for Women's Development Studies (CWDS), an autonomous organisation under the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).  She was amongst the first women academics to combine activism with scholarly research in women's studies. She was secretary of the first Committee on the Status of Women in India that brought out the first report on the condition of women in the country, Towards Equality (1974).
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