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Saturday, 8 February 2014


1.    Who is the new Vatican secretary of state?
Pietro Parolin.
The Secretary of State of His Holiness The Pope, commonly known as the Cardinal Secretary of State, presides over the Holy See Secretariat of State, which is the oldest and most important dicastery of the Roman Curia. The Secretariat of State performs all the political and diplomatic functions of the Holy See and the Vatican City.

2.    Which football club won the 2013 UEFA Super Cup beating Chelsea on penalties after extra time?
Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich became the first German team to win the UEFA Super Cup and it was also the first time the winner of the Super Cup was determined by a penalty shoot-out.
The 2013 UEFA Super Cup was the 38th UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The match featured Bayern Munich, the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, and Chelsea, the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

3.    Which team won the inaugural Indian Badminton League?
Hyderabad Hotshots.
Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots crowned themselves as the champions of the inaugural Indian Badminton League when they downed P V Sindhu –led Awadhe Warriors 3-1 in the finals.

4.    Name of the bill aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India's 1.2 billion people which was signed into law on September 12, 2013?
The Indian National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act).
Pregnant women, lactating mothers, and certain categories of children are eligible for daily free meals. The bill has been highly controversial. It was introduced into India's parliament in December 2012, promulgated as a presidential ordinance in July 2013, and enacted into law in August 2013.

5.    Who has been appointed as chief coach of the Delhi Daredevils for the seventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL-2014)?
Gary Kirsten.

6.    Man of the match winners of two test cricket series played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held in Zimbabwe in September 2013:
First test cricket between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held in Harare from September 3-7, 2013:
Man of the match: Younis Khan (Pakistan). He scored unbeaten 200 runs in second innings.
Result: Pakistan won by 221 runs.
Second test cricket between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held in Harare from September 10-14, 2013:
Man of the match: Tendai Chatara (Zimbabwe). He took 5 wickets in second innings.
Result: Zimbabwe won by 24 runs.

7.    Who won the player of the series award in the two test cricket series played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan held in Zimbabwe in September 2013?
 Younis Khan (Pakistan).
Series 2-match series drew 1-1.

8.    The 2013 G-20 summit was held in?
The 2013 G-20 Russia summit was the eighth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The hosting venue was the Constantine Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 5–6 September 2013.

9.    Name of the Indian author, who wrote a bestselling memoir about life under the Taliban, has been shot by militants in Afghanistan?

Sushmita Banerjee.
Ms Banerjee wrote bestselling memoir “A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife” It was turned into a Bollywood film in 2003 called “Escape From the Taliban”.

10.    Who became the first Chinese player to reach the U.S. Open Semifinals?
Li Na.

11.Name the world's largest volcano spanning the size of the entire British Isles which has been discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean?
Tamu Massif.
The volcano, located 1,000 miles east of Japan and dubbed the Tamu Massif, is the largest on earth as well as one of the biggest within the solar system. The sprawling structure covers 119,000 square miles, rising around 2.2 miles above the bottom of the sea floor and delving 18 miles into the crust of the earth. The volcano, which is not believed to be active, consists of a vast single rounded dome in the shape of a shield which was believed to have been formed 144 million years ago when it last erupted.

12.Name the bill passed by Rajya Sabha on September 6, 2013 which will help extend pension cover to more citizens of the country through PFRDA's New Pension Scheme (NPS)?
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill. The main objective of the bill is to help extend pension cover to more citizens of the country through PFRDA's New Pension Scheme (NPS). Currently just 12 percent of the workforce in the country has any formal pension or social security plan.

13.    Who has been selected for the Padmaprabha award for the year 2013?
Vijayalakshmi. (Poet).
The award carries Rs.75,000 in cash, besides memento and citation.

14.    Adolf Hitler's most devoted bodyguard, and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours, who died on September 5, 2013?

Rochus Misch.
He served as a courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for German leader Adolf Hitler from 1940 to 1945.

15.    Name the rocket carrying spacecraft launched by NASA on September 7, 2013 which is charged with studying the lunar atmosphere and dust?
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer(LADEE) is a NASA lunar exploration mission led by Ames Research Center in collaboration with Goddard Space Flight Center.

16.    Which cricketer won the "South Africa Cricketer of the Year-2013" and "Test Cricketer of the Year-2013" awards?
Hashim Amla.
Other Award Winners:
ODI Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers
T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn
SA Players' Player of the Year: AB de Villiers
SA Fans' Player of the Year: Hashim Amla
Delivery of the Year: Jacques Kallis (dismissed Ricky Ponting on day 1 of second Test match against Australia at Adelaide)
SA Newcomer of the Year: Kyle Abbott
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Marizanne Kapp.

17.    Who became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of India?

Deepak Sandhu.
She is the former Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission of India. Sandhu became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner when she succeeded Satyananda Mishra on 5 September 2013.

18.    Which country won the 2013 SAFF Cup defeating India in the final?
South Asian Football Federation Championship commonly referred to as 2013 SAFF Championship, was the 10th SAFF Championship for men's national football teams organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The tournament took place from 31 August to 11 September 2013, and was hosted by Nepal for the second time, with the previous being in 1997.It was the first time in history Afghanistan has won the tournament.

19.    Who is elected as the new chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI)?
K N Shanth Kumar.
Mahendra Mohan Gupta is elected as the Vice chairman of PTI. Shanth Kumar is the Editor of the leading Kannada daily "Prajavani" and Director of Printers (Mysore), publishers of "Deccan Herald", "Prajavani", "Sudha" and "Mayura" publications.  He succeeds R Lakshmipathy, publisher of Tamil daily "Dinamalar". Mahendra Mohan Gupta has been President of the INS and the Indian Languages Newspaper Association (ILNA) besides having been Chairman of United News of India (UNI).

20.     Liberian leader who was conferred the coveted Indira Gandhi peace prize-2013?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Ellen is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She is the first democratically elected woman Head of State of any African country.   The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is the prestigious award accorded annually by India to individuals or organizations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development. The prize carries a cash award of 25 lakh Indian rupees and a citation.

21.    Which city will host the 2020 Summer Olympics?
Tokyo (Japan).
Tokyo was announced as the host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013. Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid were the three candidate cities. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, and in 2020 will become the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice.

22.    Indian fast bowler who has been banned for life following his part in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing controversy?

23.    Which country joined the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which outlaws production and use of chemical weapons?
Syria is the 190th country to join the convention. The six UN States are not signed the CWC are Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a multilateral treaty that bans chemical weapons and requires their destruction within a specified period of time.

24.     American Engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR who died on September 12, 2013?

Ray Milton Dolby.
He was the founder of Dolby Laboratories. He was also a billionaire. Dolby NR is the name given to a series of noise reduction systems developed by Dolby Laboratories for use in analog magnetic tape recording.

25.    Name the first human-made object to cross out of the Solar System and into interstellar space?
Voyager 1.
Voyager 1 is a 722-kilogram space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 to study the outer Solar System. At a distance of about 127.21 AU (1.903×1010 km) from the Earth as of 12 January 2014, it is the farthest man-made object from Earth.  On September 12, 2013, NASA announced that Voyager 1 had crossed the heliopause and entered interstellar space on August 25, 2012, making it the first man-made object to do so. The probe is expected to continue its mission until 2025, when it will be no longer supplied with enough power from its generators to operate any of its instruments.

26.    Which countries signed a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons on September 14, 2013?
Russia and U.S.A.

27.    Name the new cheaper rocket which is successfully launched by Japan on September 14, 2013?
Epsilon will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space. It is a follow-on project to the larger and more expensive M-V rocket which was retired in 2006.  It is designed to be capable of placing a 1.2 tonne payload into low earth orbit. The development aim is to reduce costs compared to the US$70 million launch cost of an M-V. The Epsilon costs US$38 million (£23m) per launch, which is half the cost of its predecessor.

28.    Who becomes the first Indian American and second Asian American to be chosen as Miss America?
Nina Davuluri.
She was crowned Miss America-2014. Davulrui is also the first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.

29.    Name the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) of India which was successfully test-fired for its full range of 5,000 km on September 15, 2013 from Wheeler Island, Odisha?

30.    Bangladeshi Islamist leader and Politician of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, who was tried, sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh?
Abdul Quader Molla.
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

31.Who has been elected president of International Olympic Committee (IOC)?
Thomas Bach (Germany).
He will replace Jacques Rogge of Belgium.

32.    Diana is a 2013 biographical drama film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, about the last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.  Name the British-Australian actress who plays the title role of Diana in that film?
Naomi Watts.
The screenplay of the film “Diana” is based on Kate Snell's 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love, and was written by Stephen Jeffreys.

33.    Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner who was jointly announced as the recipient of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award presented at a ceremony on 17th September 2013 at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland?
Malala Yousafzai.

34.    Man of the match winners of Natwest ODI cricket series played between Australia and England held in England in September 2013:
First ODI cricket between Australia and England held in England on September 6, 2013: Match abandoned.

Second ODI cricket between Australia and England held in Manchester on September 8, 2013:
Man of the match:  Michael Clarke (Australia). He scored 105 runs.
Result: Australia won by 88 runs.
Third ODI cricket between Australia and England held in Birmingham on September 11, 2013: No result.

Fourth ODI cricket between Australia and England held in Cardiff on September 14, 2013:
Man of the match:   Jos Buttler (England). He scored unbeaten 65 runs.
Result: England won by 3 wickets.

Fifth ODI cricket between Australia and England held in Southampton on September 16, 2013:
Man of the match:   Shane Watson (Australia). He scored unbeaten 143 runs.
Result: Australia won by 49 runs.
Series Australia won the 5-match series 2-1.

35.Who won the Player of the series award in the Natwest ODI cricket series between Australia and England held in England in September 2013?
Michael Clarke (Australia).

36.    Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies of Rajasthan who resigned from the cabinet after being accused of raping a woman?
Babulal Nagar.

37.    Which football club won the 2013 Durand cup defeating ONGC in the final?
Mohammedan Sporting Club, Kolkata.
Mohammedan were appearing in their third final and whereas ONGC were appearing in their first final. Mohammedan wins Durand Cup by defeating ONGC 2-1.

38.     Japanese businessman who is credited with transforming Nintendo from a small hanafuda card-making company in Japan to a multi-billion dollar video game company, died on September 19, 2013?
Hiroshi Yamauchi.
                            Hanafuda are playing cards of Japanese origin that are used to play a number of games. The name literally translates as "flower cards." The name also refers to games played with those cards.
Nintendo Co., Ltd is a Japanese multinational consumer Electronics Company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest video game company by revenue.

39.    The former BCCI Secretary during whose tenure the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000, died on September 19, 2013?
Jaywant Lele.

40.    The former world heavyweight boxing champion who was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight, died on September 18, 2013?
Ken Norton.

41.    Executive Director (Commercial Vehicles), Tata Motors who has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2013-14?
Ravindra Pisharody.
M Venkatesh of HT Media has been elected as Deputy Chairman of the Bureau.
Hormuzd Masani  is appointed as the Secretary General of ABC.

42.    Which country bagged the first Asian School Track & Field trophy held in Malaysia?
Malaysia became champions after bagging 12 gold medals, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals. Even though India obtained 12 gold medals, Malaysia attained the first position after getting more silver medals.

43.    Former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a former member of the CPC (Central Committee Political Bureau) who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Sunday for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power?
Bo Xilai.

44.    India’s female archer who won the silver medal in the Recurve Women Individual discipline at the Archery World Cup held in Paris?
Deepika Kumari.

45.    Egypt's oldest and most influential Islamist group which was banned in September after President Mohamed Morsi was toppled by the army following mass protests against his government on July?
The Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamic political organization which is considered a terrorist organization by both the Egyptian and Russian governments.

46.    The Indian wrestler who bagged Silver Medal in 55 Kg Free Style category in the 2013 Senior World Wrestling Championship being held at Budapest, Hungary on 16 September 2013?
Amit Kumar.

47.    Television drama which won the 'Outstanding Drama Series' prize at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards?
"Breaking Bad”.
Best Drama: 'Breaking Bad'
Best Comedy: 'Modern Family'
Best Miniseries or Movie: 'Behind the Candelabra'
Best Reality Competition: 'The Voice'
Best Actor in a Drama: Jeff Daniels, 'The Newsroom'
Best Actress in a Drama: Claire Danes, 'Homeland'
Best Actor in a Comedy: Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Best Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Bobby Cannavale, 'Boardwalk Empire'
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn, 'Breaking Bad'
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Tony Hale, 'Veep'
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Meritt Wever, 'Nurse Jackie'
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, 'Behind the Candelabra'
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, 'The Big C: Hereafter'
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, 'American Horror Story: Asylum'
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, 'Political Animals'

48.     Who is re-elected as German chancellor for third term?
Angela Merkel.
Angela Merkel is a German politician and former research scientist, who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.

49.    Who were declared winners of the prestigious ’Clinton Global Citizens Awards’-2013?
Bunker Roy (Indian environmentalist) and Malala Yousufzai (Pakistan’s teenage education activist).
Roy is the founder of the Barefoot College, which has been providing solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years. As a result of Barefoot’s work, one million litres of rainwater have been harvested to provide clean drinking water to school children in more than 1,300 communities worldwide.  Yousafzai, who, after being shot by the Taliban less than a year ago for her outspoken support for girls’ education, has co-founded the Malala Fund to continue advocating for universal access to education.

50.     Former IPL chairman who has been banned by BCCI for life from holding any cricket post?
 Lalit Modi.
Modi was found guilty, among other things, of rigging bids during the franchise auction in 2010, selling media and internet rights without authorisation and secretly trying to create a rebel T20 league in England without the knowledge of the Indian and England boards.

51.    Three new islands emerged from the ocean offshore of a city of Pakistan, after a strong magnitude-7.7 earthquake shook the country on September 24, 2013. Name that city?
The island near Gwadar is about 600 feet in diameter and has a height of about 30 feet. Moreover, gas was coming out of the island, which primarily consists of stones and soft mud. This island had already been witnessed 60 years ago after another large quake. Two other islands have come up along the Balochistan coast.

52.    UN-backed tribunal in The Hague has recently upheld the conviction of former Liberian president, who was sentenced to 50 years in jail last year for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone. What is the name of that former president of Liberia?
Charles Taylor.

53.    Which country won the eighth women’s Asia Cup hockey held in September 2013?
Japan defeated defending champion Korea 2-1 in the final.

54.    Which country won the bronze medal in the eighth women’s Asia Cup hockey held in September 2013?
Indian women defeated China via the penalty shootout to clinch the bronze medal.

55.    Who was crowned the winner of Miss World-2013?
 Megan Young. (Miss Philippines).
Miss World 2013, the 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on September 28, 2013 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. . Yu Wenxia of China PR crowned Megan Young of the Philippines as her successor at the end of the event. This is the first time the Philippines won the title of Miss World.

56.    Which countries signed the first commercial agreement on civilian nuclear power cooperation in September 2013?
India and U.S.A.

57.    Which team won the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2013 defeating Delhi in the final?
India Blue.
India Blue registered a comprehensive win by 50 runs over Delhi in the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2013, at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

58.    Which pair won the Pan Pacific Open trophy Tennis title -2013?
Sania Mirza (India) and Cara Black (Zimbabwe).

59.    Which country won the Beach soccer World Cup beating Spain in the final?

60.    Who was elected unopposed as the President of BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket in India)?
N Srinivasan.

61.    China Launches its First Free-Trade Zone (FTZ) in
The Shanghai free-trade zone has been touted as China's most important attempt at economic reform since the establishment of the country’s first special economic zone in 1980 in Shenzhen.

62.    Name the world's biggest walking robot which was unleashed by electronics maker Zollner Elektronik AG in Zandt, Germany, in September, 2013?
Fanny is an 11-tonne fire-breathing dragon powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with an incredible 140 horse power.

63.    Indian-American poet who has been selected for Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award-2013 for the collection of his debut poems?
Rafiq Kathwari.
He is the first non-Irish person to win the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.

64.    Who has been appointed as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy?
    T C Mathew.
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