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Wednesday, 13 November 2013


1.    Eminent scientist who has been named as the next chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)?
Avinash Chander.
He is considered to be the key architect of the Agni series of nuclear capable missiles.

2.    Which country won the inaugural Asian Team Snooker Championships defeating Iran 3-0 in the title clash in Doha, Qatar?
The winning Indian team consists of Manan Chandra, Brijesh Damani and Alok Kumar.

3.    Thirteen-year-old Indian-American who won the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest held in 2013?
Arvind Mahankali.

4.    Senior Congress leader who was elected Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly unopposed?
Kagodu Thimmappa.

5.    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer and secretary have resigned recently from their respective posts following widespread criticism of the board's handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Who are they?
Sanjay Jagdale (BCCI Secretary) and Ajay Shirke (BCCI Treasurer).

6.    Who is appointed as Executive Chairman of Infosys, India’s second largest software exporter?
N.R. Narayana Murthy.
Infosys reappointed Narayana Murthy as executive chairman of the firm, two years after he retired in August 2011.

7.    Man of the match winners of Natwest ODI Cricket Series played between New Zealand and England held in England:
Second ODI between New Zealand and England held in Southampton on June 2, 2013:
Man of the Match:  Martin Guptill (New Zealand). He scored unbeaten 189 runs.
Result: New Zealand won by 86 runs.
Third ODI between New Zealand and England held in Nottingham on June 5, 2013:
Man of the Match:  Jos Buttler (England).He scored unbeaten 47 runs from 16 balls.
Result: England won by 34 runs.
Series Result: New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1

8.    Who won the Player of the series award in Natwest ODI Cricket Series played between New Zealand and England held in England in 2013?
Martin Guptill (New Zealand).

9.    Who has resigned as the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on June 1, 2013 amid the raging spot-fixing controversy that has rocked Indian cricket?
Rajeev Shukla.

10.    Who is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Palestine on 2 June 2013?
Rami Hamdullah.
He is a Palestinian academic and the president of An-Najah National University in Nablus. On 2 June 2013, Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas named him to succeed Salam Fayyad as prime minister.

11.    Which club won German Cup-2013 after defeating Stuttgart in the final held in Berlin?
Bayern Munich.

12.    Who has been appointed  as the interim chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
Thomas Mathew T.
He took charge as the interim chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), as its present chief, D K Mehrotra, retired on May 31, 2013.

13.    Bollywood actress who made her debut starring opposite Amitabh Bachchan in "Nishabd", committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai's Juhu area on June 3, 2013?

Jiah Khan.
Nafisa Rizvi Khan (also known as Jiah Khan) was a British American actress, model and singer who appeared in Hindi films. She made her film debut in the 2007 Ram Gopal Verma film Nishabd for which she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She was later noted for portraying a modern, independent woman in Ghajini which was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2008.  She last appeared in Sajid Khan's romantic comedy Housefull, which was the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010.

14.    Former Bangladesh captain who has been suspended from all forms of cricket by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after he confessed his involvement in fixing matches in the Bangladesh Premier League?
Mohammad Ashraful.

15.    Who has been appointed as the National Security Advisor of United States by President Obama?
Susan Rice.
    Rice is a former U.S. diplomat, former Brookings Institution fellow and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice succeeded Tom Donilon as National Security Adviser on July 1, 2013.

16.    Former Kerala Cricket captain and junior national selector who gave Kerala cricket a new direction with his lyrical batting and wicket-keeping in the 1950s, passed away on
M. Balan Pandit.
A wicketkeeper-batsman, Pandit began playing first-class cricket in 1946 and represented Kathiawar, Kerala and Travancore-Cochin. In a career spanning 46 first-class matches, Pandit scored 2,317 runs including five hundreds at an average of 29.70.

17.    Former minister of Kerala whose cross vote in 1982 brought down the 90-day Congress-led government in Kerala, died on June 5, 2013?
Lonappan Nambadan.
He was member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 1977 - 2001 (six terms). He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1977, 1980 and 1982 from Kodakara constituency as a Kerala Congress Candidate. Nambadan served as Transport Minister from January 25, 1980 to October 20, 1981 and as Housing Minister from April 2, 1987 to June 17, 1991, both terms when E. K. Nayanar was the Chief Minister. He was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Mukundapuram constituency of Kerala and was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) political party.

18.    Well known Telugu music director and playback singer who scored music to about 172 films, died on June 7, 2013?
J.V. Raghavulu.
After debuting as a music director for 'Drohi' in 1970, he scored music for about 170 films. His memorable songs include Janani Janmabhoomischa (Bobbili Puli), Veena Naadi Teega Needi Teegachatu Raagamundi, Tarangini O Tarangini, Ee Jeevana Tarangalalo (Jeevana Tarangalu) and many others.

19.    The former Mayor of Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 who died on June 2, 2013?

Chen Xitong.
Chen Xitong was the mayor of Beijing during the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Mr. Chen’s hard-line stance during the protests earned him promotion from the Communist Party and scorn from its opponents. He was sentenced to 16 years in jail on corruption charges in 1998, but won medical parole in 2006. The Chinese Communist Party branded the Tiananmen protests a "counter-revolutionary rebellion". Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were killed in the June 3-4 onslaught in Beijing in 1989.

20.    Who won the French Open Tennis Women’s title 2013 defeating Maria Sharapova in the final?
Serena Williams.

21.    Indian badminton sensation who has won the SCG Thailand Open Grand Prix 2013?
He lifted his maiden men's singles title with a stunning straight-game triumph over top-seeded Boonsak Ponsana in the final. K Srikanth has become the first Indian man to win a major badminton title outside India after Pullela Gopichand's All England Championship in 2001.

22.    Who won the French Open Tennis men’s title 2013 defeating David Ferrer in the final?
Rafael Nadal.
This is his eighth French Open title. With this victory, Nadal now has 12 Grand Slams to his name; he is now level with Roy Emerson (12), two behind Pete Sampras (14) and five behind Roger Federer (17).

23.    Red Bull driver who has won the Canadian Grand Prix 2013?
Sebastian Vettel.

24.     Former Union minister and Congress veteran from Chhattisgarh who suffered bullet injuries in the deadly Naxal attack, died on June 11, 2013?
Vidya Charan Shukla.
 He was Minister of State under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1967 to 1977 including as Minister of State with Independent Charge of Information and Broadcasting.  His ministry attracted adverse attention for the media censor policy during the emergency period when Freedom of speech was under attack. The Justice Shah Commission of Inquiry which went into the Emergency excesses was stunned when V. C. Shukla owned entire responsibility for the functioning of his ministry. He had banned Kishore Kumar’s songs on All India Radio because Kishore Kumar had refused to sing at an Indira Gandhi rally. He later became a minister in the National Front government of 1989-90 under V.P. Singh and switched allegiance to join the subsequent Chandrasekhar government and served as Minister for External Affairs of India during 1990-91 under Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, during the Lok Sabha as a member of Janata Dal. But he again returned to Congress Party and also served as Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao during 1991-96 as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Irrigation.

25.    Which state won the overall championship in the 53rd National Interstate Senior Athletics Championship held in Chennai in June 2013?

26.    Name the American computer specialist and former CIA employee and NSA contractor who disclosed classified details of several top secret United States, Israeli and British government mass surveillance programs to the press?
Edward Snowden.
He is living in Russia under temporary political asylum and is considered a fugitive by American authorities, who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property.

27.    Name the world's oldest person and the oldest man ever to have lived who has died of natural causes in Japan at the age of 116?
Jiroemon Kimura.

28.    Who is the current President of Iran?
Hassan Rouhani.
He is a Muslim cleric and 7th president of Iran.  He was elected as President of Iran on 15 June, defeating Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and four other candidates.

29.    Actor and director, who enlivened many Tamil films in the last two decades in character roles laced with comedy, died on
 In a career spanning three decades, Manivannan went from being a story and dialogue writer for veteran director Bharathiraja from 1980-82 to a successful director. With over 400 films to his name, Manivannan was one of the most experienced actors in the field and has directed exact 50 films. He made his directorial debut with Gopurangal Saivathillai in 1982. In 2013 he directed his 50th and last film Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA, a sequel to Amaidhi Padai. Manivannan directed his best friend Sathyaraj in a good 25 films and gave 12 successive hits as the director of Tamil films with Satyaraj as the lead hero - Jallikattu, Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi, Ganam Kortaar Avargale, Manidhan Marivittan,Ullathil Nalla Ullam, Vazhkkaichakkaram, Pudhu Manithan, Therku Theru Machan, Government Mapillai, Amaidhipadai

30.    Who is appointed as the new coach of Manchester City?
Manuel Pellegrini.

31.    Who won the Indonesia Open Badminton Men’s single title-2013 defeating Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the final?
Lee Chong Wei.

32.    Who won the Indonesia Open Badminton Women’s single title-2013 defeating German player Juliane Schenk in the final?
Li Xuerui

33.     Which country won 2013 Asian Junior Wrestling Championship?
The Indian Junior Free Style wrestling team won 2013 Asian Junior Wrestling Championship by winning 3 gold, 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals.

34.    Who won the Gerry Weber Open Tennis title -2013 defeating Mikhail Youzhny in the final held in Halle?
Roger Federer.

35.    Who won the Queen's Club Tennis tournament -2013 defeating Marin Cilic in the final?
Andy Murray.
He won the Queen's Club tournament for the third time.

36.    Who has been appointed as the first woman deputy director of CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)?
Avril Haines.

37.    The American who has become the most prolific scorer in international football history, reaching 160 goals in June, 2013?
Abby Wambach.
She broke Mia Hamm's record for 158 international career goals.

38.    Who has been appointed new head coach of Australian Cricket Team until the end of the 2015 World Cup?
Darren Lehmann.

39.    Name of the new language which has been discovered in a tiny isolated Aboriginal community in outback Australia, where it is spoken only by young people?
Light Warlpiri.
The language, called Light Warlpiri, was invented by children who appear to have mixed their local Aboriginal tongue, Warlpiri, with English and Kriol, an English-based creole spoken mainly by Aborigines in the country’s north. Light Warlpiri is spoken by about 350 people – all believed to be aged under 35 – in the town of Lajamanu, which has a population of 850 and is about 550 miles south of Darwin.

40.    Which country won the ICC Champions Trophy-2013 defeating England in the final?
India won the ICC Champions Trophy-2013, beating England by five runs in the final.   It was the seventh and final ICC Champions Trophy, as it is due to be replaced by the ICC World Test Championship in 2017.

41.    Who was declared the man of the match of the ICC Champions Trophy-2013 final between India and England?
Ravindra Jadeja.(India).

42.    Who was given the 'golden ball' award in the ICC Champions Trophy-2013 for picking the most number of wickets?
Ravindra Jadeja. (India)
He picked 12 wickets in the tournament.

43.    Who won the 'golden bat' award in the ICC Champions Trophy-2013 for scoring the most runs in the tournament?
Shikhar Dhawan. (India).
He scored 363 runs from five matches at an average of 90.75. He hit two centuries and a half-century with a highest of 114.

44.    Who has become the first captain to win all three ICC tournaments (World Cup/Champions Trophy/ World T20)?
M.S. Dhoni.
The ICC Champions Trophy followed Dhoni leading India to glory in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.

45.    The highest mountain in Japan which was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site at the annual UNESCO conference held in Cambodia in June 22, 2013?

Mount Fuji.
The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided to inscribe Mount Fuji on the U.N. agency’s prestigious World Heritage list. The 3,776-meter volcano straddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures was approved by the 21-member panel of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization during its 37th session in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

46.    Who has won 8th Tal memorial Chess Tournament -2013?
Boris Gelfand (Israel).

47.    US tightrope walker who has completed a historic walk across the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013 on a 2-inch-think steel cable set 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River.?

Nik Wallenda.

48.    Which city is ranked first among Indian cities for having the highest rate of suicides, according to the National Crime Records Bureau’s statistics?
Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh).
Kollam (Kerala) is ranked second among Indian cities for having the highest rate of suicides. Suicides in Kollam were committed at a rate of 40.5 per lakh people. Kollam is ranked only behind Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh where the rate of suicides is 45.1 per lakh people.

49.    Which state of India witnessed the highest rate of suicides according to the National Crime Records Bureau’s statistics?
Sikkim tops in suicides in the country while Kerala comes third behind Tamil Nadu. Bihar witnessed the lowest rate of suicides.

50.    Who is appointed as the new director of FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)?
James Comey.

51.    NASA has recently discovered the 10,000th near-Earth object (NEO) - 1,000 feet (300 meters) wide asteroid. What is the name given to that asteroid?
2013 MZ5.
NEOs are asteroids and comets that approach Earth, coming within 28 million miles (45 million kilometers) of our planet during their orbit around the sun.

52.    Who is appointed as the new Chief Justice of India?

 P Sathasivam.
Sathasivam joined as a permanent judge of the Madras high court in January 1996 after which he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana high court in April 2007. He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on August 21, 2007. Sathasivam, who will be the 40th CJI, will have tenure till April 26, 2014.

53.    Who won the player of the match award in the T20 cricket played between New Zealand and England held in London on June 25, 2013?
Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand). He scored 62 runs from 35 balls.
Result: New Zealand won by 5 runs.
The second T20 abandoned due to rain.
Series: New Zealand won the 2-match series 1-0.

54.    A two-year-old from south London with an IQ higher than David Cameron's has become the youngest member of British Mensa. What is the name of that child prodigy?
Adam Kirby.
Adam Kirby from Mitcham, south London has become the 19th child from the UK to join MENSA without even entering school. The Daily Mail reports that the gifted child can already spell over 100 words, add and subtract, count to 1,000 in English, 20 in Spanish and Japanese, and 10 in French.

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