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Thursday, 27 February 2014


1.    Name the two popes who will be declared saints on April 27, 2014?
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
It will be the first time two popes will be canonized at the same time.

2.     Bollywood superstar who has been appointed as the good will ambassador of South Korea?
Shah Rukh Khan.

3.    Name the unmanned resupply spacecraft developed by Orbital Sciences which reentered Earth's atmosphere, marking the end of the highly successful cargo resupply demonstration mission Orbital conducted with its NASA partner?
Cygnus spacecraft.

4.    Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader who has sentenced to death after he was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971?
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

5.    Government of which country began a partial shutdown on October 1, 2013 for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects?

6.    NASA's Mars rover which has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight?
Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011

7.    On 3 October 2013, the Union Cabinet approved the creation of a new state by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh. What is the name given to the 29th state of the Indian union?
Telangana was once part of Hyderabad State (Medak and Warangal divisions) which was ruled by the Nizams. Telangana is bordered by the states of Maharashtra to the north and north-west, Karnataka to the west, Chhattisgarh to the north-east and Odisha to the east. Telangana comprises of 10 districts: Hyderabad, Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.  The city of Hyderabad would serve as the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for ten years.

8.    Former central minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader who was sentenced to five years imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case by a special CBI court after he was convicted on corruption and other charges?
Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The sentencing by special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh disqualifies Prasad from Parliament and renders him ineligible for contesting elections for 11 years.

9.    Award-winning photojournalist who made his most enduring mark with a historic image of a mortally wounded Senator Robert F. Kennedy lying on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968, died on October 3, 2013?
Bill Eppridge.
Eppridge was an American photographer and photojournalist for Life magazine, known for his photography of the dying Robert F. Kennedy, taken in June 1968.

10.    The brilliant and ruthless commander of Vietnam who led a ragtag army of guerrillas to victory in Vietnam over first the French and then the Americans, died on October 4, 2013?

General. Vo Nguyen Giap.
Giap was a General in the Vietnam People's Army and a politician. He first grew to prominence during World War II, where he served as the military leader of the Viet Minh resistance against the Japanese occupation of Vietnam. Giap was a principal commander in two wars: the First Indochina War (1946–54) and the Vietnam War (1960–1975).

11.    Who has won the 37th Vayalar Rama Varma Memorial Literary Award for 2013?
Prabha Varma. (Malayalam Poet).
His “Shyama Madhavam”, a collection of poems, has won the coveted prize which comprises Rs.25,000, a statuette designed by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman, and a citation.

12.    Which pair won the China Open women's doubles tennis title -2013?
Sania Mirza (India) and Cara Black (Zimbabwe).

13.     Former Indian defence minister who has been posthumously honoured by the Bangladesh government with the Friends of Liberation War' award?

V.K. Krishna Menon.
He was India's first envoy to England before he became defence minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet.

14.    Which cricketer became the 16th batsman to complete 50,000 runs across all the three formats of the game?
 Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar now has 50009 runs in 953 competitive matches, which includes 551 List A matches, 307 First-class matches and 95 T20 games. He is the first Indian cricketer to complete 50,000 runs across all the three formats of the game.

15.  Who has won the China Open Men’s title-2013 defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final?
    Novak Djokovic.

16.    Who has won the China Open Women’s title-2013 defeating Maria Sharapova in the final?
    Victoria Azarenka.

17.    Which team won the Champions League Twenty20 title-2013?
    Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians beat the Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla to lift the Champions  League Twenty20 title.

18.    Which pair won the Japan Open men's doubles tennis title -2013?
    Rohan Bopanna (India) and  Edouard Roger-Vasselin(France).
   They have beaten Britain's Jamie Murray and Australia's John Peers in the final.

19. Name the indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile of India which is successfully test fired on October 7, 2013, with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur?

20.    Who becomes the first woman chairperson of the State Bank of India (SBI)?
     Arundhati Bhattacharya.
    She succeeds Pratip Chaudhuri who retired on September 30, 2013. She becomes the first woman chair of the 206-year-oldState Bank of India.

21.    Who is worn in as the first elected Tamil Chief Minister of Sri Lanka?
 C.V. Wigneswaran.
He is the former Supreme Court judge of Sri Lanka. He was on 7 October 2013 sworn in the first Tamil chief minister of Northern Province.

    She is often called "Canada's Chekhov" and her famous works are "The Moons     of Jupiter," 'The Progress of Love" and "Runaway."

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical     Weapons wins the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY: Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh     Warshel. The chemistry prize was given to the above three U.S.based     scientists for developing computer models that predict complex chemical     reactions that can be used for tasks like creating new drugs.

NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS: Peter Higgs (Britain) and Francois Englert (Belgium). The physics Nobel Prize was awarded for a theory about how     subatomic particles get their mass. The theory made headlines last year when  it was  confirmed at the CERN laboratory in Geneva by the discovery of the     elusive Higgs particle. The two men proposed the theory independently of  each other in 1964.

NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE: James E. Rothman, Randy     W. Schekman and Dr.Thomas C. Sudhof. The medicine prize, honored     breakthroughs in understanding how key substances are moved around within  a cell.

23.    The 11th India-ASEAN Summit and 8th East Asia Summit were held in ?

24.    Former Foreign Secretary of India who is appointed as the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom?
Ranjan Mathai.

25.    Who has been sworn in as the new head of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States of America?
 Janet Yellen. 
 She was sworn in as the first female head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, succeeding Ben Bernanke.

26.    Former Bangladesh minister who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a war tribunal on October 9, 2013, after he was found guilty of war crimes?
Abdul Alim.

27.     Eminent agricultural scientist who has been selected for the28th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2012?

Dr M S Swaminathan.
   Dr M S Swaminathan, known as the father of India’s Green Revolution, contributed to the agricultural renaissance in the country and led the nation to achieve green revolution. The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration is a prestigious award accorded by the Indian National Congress, after former Prime    Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

28.    Ex-Sri Lanka captain who announced his retirement from test cricket on October 10, 2013?
    Tillakaratne Dilshan.
    Dilshan played 87 test matches during a 14-year career, and his 5,492 runs included 16 centuries at an      average of almost 41. Dilshan led Sri Lanka in 11 tests, with one win, five draws and five losses.

29.    Name the second-strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall in India which hit Coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 12, 2013?
Cyclone Phailin.

30.    Renowned medical scientist and cardiac surgeon who has been chosen for Kerala Sasthra Puraskaram-2013, the highest science award of Kerala?
Dr M S Valiathan.

31.    Young innovator from India who has been selected for a prestigious United Nations award in recognition of his 'Open Curriculum', an online platform for local educational material for standard, primary and secondary schooling?
Varun Arora.
He is among 10 people from around the world selected for a prestigious United Nations award in recognition of their work as entrepreneurs and use of technology to change the world.

32.    Which countries signed six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in Jakarta on 11 October 2013 in various fields to strengthen the cooperation between the two nations?
India and Indonesia.
The agreements are in the fields of 1.Health and family welfare, 2.Cooperation on Combating Corruption, 3.Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics, Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, 4.Cooperation in the field of Disaster Management, 5.Training administrators and 6.Promoting friendly, cooperative and collaborative institutional relations.

33.    Olympians who have been picked for the 2012 G.V. Raja award — .the highest sporting honour of the State instituted by the Kerala State Sports Council?
V. Diju (badminton) and Tintu Luka (athletics).

34.    Man of the Match winners of 6 ODI cricket series between India and Australia held in India in October 2013:
First ODI between India and Australia held in Pune on October 13, 2013:
Man of the Match: George Bailey (Australia). He scored 85 runs.
Result: Australia won by 72 runs.

Second ODI between India and Australia held in Jaipur on October 16, 2013:
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma (India). He scored unbeaten 141 runs.
Result: India won by 9 wickets.

Third ODI between India and Australia held in Chandigarh on October 19, 2013:
Man of the Match: James Faulkner (Australia). He scored 64 runs.
Result: Australia won by 4 wickets.

Fourth ODI between India and Australia held in Ranchi on October 23, 2013:
No result.
Fifth ODI between India and Australia: Match abandoned without a ball bowled.

Sixth ODI between India and Australia held in Nagpur on October 30, 2013:
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli (India). He scored unbeaten 115 runs.
Result: India won by 6 wickets.

35.    Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match was played against which country?
West Indies.
The venue of Sachin’s 200th Test cricket match was Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

36.    Name the deadly typhoon that made landfall in the Philippines and Vietnam in October 2013?
Typhoon Nari.
Typhoon Nari was a deadly tropical cyclone that first struck Luzon before striking Vietnam. The storm was the 41st depression and the 8th typhoon in the 2013 typhoon season.

37.    At least 115 people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at a Temple in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh on October 13 2013. Which is that temple?
Ratangarh Temple.
The Ratangarh Mata temple is a popular Durga temple.

38.    Platform of which railway station of India has entered into the Limca Book of Records as the longest rail platform in the world?
Gorakhpur railway station. (Uttar Pradesh)
Gorakhpur railway station’s platform number one has a length is 1355.40 meters which was inaugurated in 6 October 2013. Till now, the record was held by the railway platform at Kharagpur in West Bengal. The platform is 1,072.5 metre long.

39.    Former Union Minister and deputy chairman of Planning Commission who passed away on October 14, 2013?
Mohan Dharia.
 Dharia was an environmentalist and ran a non-government organisation Vanrai. He was elected to the Lok Sabha twice from Pune Lok Sabha constituency, first in 1971 as an Indian National Congress (INC) member and became a Minister of State, and later in 1977 as a Bharatiya Lok Dal member, and joined the Morarji Desai Ministry as Union Minister of Commerce. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour in 2005, by Government of India for his contribution in social work.
40.    Name the debut novel of Fatima Bhutto, the granddaughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto?
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon.
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is an exploration of Pakistan’s own ‘war on terror’ and a critique of the devastating consequences experienced by a younger generation wrecked by seeping fundamentalism.

41.    Who is the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”?
Michael Bloomberg.
He is the mayor of New York. He was honoured for his long record of public service and philanthropy.

42.    Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, who announced his resignation from the newspaper on Twitter on October 18, 2013?
He joined The Hindu in 2004 as Deputy Editor and took over the reins from N Ram as the first professional editor of The Hindu in May 2011. It was decided that N Ram will become the Chairman and Publisher of The Hindu while N Murali will be the Co-Chairman.  N Ravi and Malini Parthasarathy will become the Editor-in-Chief and Editor of The Hindu respectively.

43.    Man of the match winners of two test cricket matches played between South Africa and Pakistan held in UAE in October 2013:
First test between South Africa and Pakistan held in Abu Dhabi from October 14-17:
Man of the match: Khurram Manzoor (Pakistan).
He scored 146 runs in the first innings.
Result: Pakistan won by 7 wickets.

Second  test between South Africa and Pakistan held in Abu Dhabi from October 23-26:
Man of the match: Graeme Smith (South Africa).    He scored 234 runs in the first innings.
Result: South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs.
Series 2-match series drawn 1-1.

44.    Who won the Player of the series award in the two test cricket matches played between South Africa and Pakistan held in UAE in October 2013?
AB de Villiers (South Africa).

45.     The former India seamer who has announced his retirement from all competitive cricket on October 16, 2013?
Ajit Agarkar
Agarkar featured in 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals.  He helped India complete a historic win - their first Test match victory in Australia in 23 years - in Adelaide in 2003, with a second-innings six-wicket haul. He scored a fifty off 21 balls in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Rajkot in 2000, which remains the fastest one-day fifty by an Indian. He scored an unbeaten Test century at Lord's in 2002, batting at number eight. He is currently the 3rd highest wicket taker (288) for India in ODI's after Javagal Srinath (315) and Anil Kumble (337).He played for the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and captained Mumbai to its 40th Ranji Trophy title in 2013. He took 288 wickets in ODIs and 58 wickets in Tests.Conversely, Agarkar attained the feat of five consecutive innings resulting in ducks (four of them first ball) against Australia, an unfortunate honour.

46.    Who has won the Man Booker prize 2013?
Eleanor Catton.
Eleanor Catton, author from New Zealand has won the Man Booker prize 2013 for her novel, “The Luminaries”, published by Granta.  She becomes the youngest novelist to win the Man Booker prize. She has also set a new record for the longest winning novel. The Luminaries has 852 pages. Catton's 2008 debut novel, The Rehearsal, was written as her Master's thesis and deals with reactions to an affair between a male teacher and a girl at his secondary school.

47.    Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways)?
Arunendra Kumar.

48.    Singapore-based Pakistani model who was found murdered in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad on October 14, 2013?
Fehmina Chaudhry.

49.    Indian batsman who hit the fastest century by an Indian in one-day internationals surpassing Virender Sehwag's four-year old record in the second one-dayer against Australia in Jaipur on October 16, 2013?
Virat Kohli.
He scored his century in just 52 balls. Sehwag's record stood tall since 2009 when the Delhi dasher blasted his way to a 60-ball ton against New Zealand in Hamilton.

50.    Malayalam music composer who was the pioneer in contributing Malayalam film songs with its own tunes and styles, passed away on October 19, 2013?
K. Raghavan.
Popularly known as Raghavan Master, he had composed around 400 songs in Malayalam Cinema. He set a new trend in Malayalam film music with the release of the 1954 movie Neelakuyil. The song “Kayalarikathu valayerinjappol” went on to become an instant hit.

51.    Which teams were declared joint winners of the Duleep Trophy-2013?
North Zone and South Zone.

52.    Man of the match winners of two test cricket matches played between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in October 2013:
First test between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in Chittagong from October 9-13:
Man of the Match: Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh). He scored 101 runs in first innings and took 6 wickets in second innings.
Result: Match drawn.

Second test between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in Mirpur from October 21-25:
Man of the Match: Mominul Haque (Bangladesh). He scored 47 runs in first innings and unbeaten 126 runs in second innings.
Result: Match drawn.
Series 2-match series drawn 0-0.

53.    Who won the player of the series award in the two test cricket matches played between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in October 2013?
Mominul Haque (Bangladesh).

54.    Who was appointed the chief coach of Indian men's hockey team?
Terry Walsh. (Australia).
He was appointed as a replacement to his compatriot Michael Nobbs, who was sacked after a string of poor results.

55.    Name the Four Indians who have made to Fortune magazine's global list of top-50 women business leaders of 2013?
ChandaKochhar (ICICI Bank CEO), ChitraRamkrishna (National Stock Exchange chief), Shikha Sharma (Axis Bank) and NainaLalKidwai (HSBC).
 Kochhar has been ranked fourth, followed by National Stock Exchange (NSE) chief ChitraRamkrishna at 17th, Axis Bank's Shikha Sharma at 32nd and HSBC's NainaLalKidwai at 42nd place among the Indians on the international list.
    The international list is topped by Brazilian energy giant Petrobras' CEO Maria Das Gracas Foster, followed by Turkish conglomerate Sabanci Holding's GulerSabanci at the second and Australian banking giant Westpac's CEO Gail Kelly at the third.

56.    Which documentary has won the Best Film Award (for documentary under 45 minutes) at the 11th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris?
Vishaparvam (Venomous Folds). The documentary is directed by Vipinvijay.

57.    LokSabha Secretary-General S. BalShekar, issued orders on October 21, 2013 disqualifying two MP’s who represented Saran and Jahanabad respectively, from the LokSabha in view of their conviction in the Chaibasa treasury case. Who are they?
    Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD) and Jagadish Sharma JD (U).
The two cannot contest any election, including those for the Assembly/Council, for six years from the date of their release from jail. The disqualification order will come into effect from September 30 when they were convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi. While Mr. Prasad was sentenced to five years, Mr. Sharma was given a four-year jail term.

58.    Myanmar militant and parliamentary opposition leader who received Sakharov Prize on 22 October, 23 years after it was awarded by the European Parliament?
Aung San SuuKyi.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament as a means to honor individuals or organisations who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.

59.    Which countries have signed an agreement on October 23, 2013 on border defence co-operation after a stand-off between their armies in disputed territory earlier this year?
India and China.

60.    Pope Francis has suspended a German bishop caught in a furor over a $42 million renovation to his residence that features lavish fixtures and artwork and a reported $20,000 bathtub. What is the name of that bishop?
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (Bishop of Limburg)

61.    Former Italian Prime Minister who has reportedly been banned from holding public office for two years by a court, following his conviction for tax fraud?
Silvio Berlusconi.

62.    Which documentary won the Ram Bahadur Tamang Best Film Trophy at the 9th Film South Asia (FSA) festival in Kathmandu?
The documentary tells the story of three visually impaired chess players, who compete at championships around the world. Directed by Ian MacDonald, it was completed in three years.

63.    Indian squash player who won he Macau Open title-2013 defeating former World number one Rachael Grinham of Australia ?
Dipika Pallikal.

64.    Name the galaxy discovered in October 2013 which is the oldest and most distant known galaxies at approximately 13.1 giga light-years from Earth?
The above galaxy has the highest redshift that has been confirmed through the Lyman-alpha emission line of hydrogen. The light reaching Earth from z8_GND_5296 shows its position over 13 billion years ago, having traveled a distance of over 13 billion light-years (13 gigalight-years).

65.    Playback singer who sang more than 3,500 songs in 16 languages, including Kannada, died on October 24, 2013?
Manna Dey.
He debuted in the film Tamanna in 1942, and went on to record more than 4000 songs from 1942 to 2013. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007. His peak period in Hindi playback singing is from 1953-1976.

66.    World Bank economist who derived Lorenzo’s Oil to treat his son, died on October 24, 2013?
Augusto Odone.
Lorenzo’s oil is 4 parts of glyceryl trioleate and 1 part glyceryl trierucate, which are the triacylglycerol forms of oleic acid and erucic acid and are prepared from olive oil and rapeseed oil. It is used in the investigational treatment of asymptomatic patients with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD is a rare and terrible disease. A faulty X-chromosome lets very-long-chain fatty acids accumulate, and cripple the body. They eat away at the myelin sheath which insulates the nervous system. The victims—mostly boys—become mute, deaf, blind and paralysed. Then they die, often by choking on their own saliva. ALD is incurable, and until it struck Lorenzo Odone.
The oil was formulated by Augusto and Michaela Odone after their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with the disease in 1984, at the age of five. The royalties received by Augusto were paid to the Myelin Project which he and Michaela founded to further research treatments for ALD and similar disorders. The Odones and their invention obtained widespread publicity in 1992 because of the film Lorenzo’s Oil.

67.    Which IPL team has been terminated by the BCCI after they defaulted on the payment of the franchise fee?
Pune Warriors India.

68.    Red Bull driver who won the Indian Grand Prix-2013?
Sebastian Vettel.
After winning the Indian Grand Prix, he becomes youngest to win four straight world drivers' championships. Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher the only other drivers to achieve the feat.

69.    Who is the current Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force?
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He took over the command of the Indian Air Force from Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne.

70.    Facebook founder who was the highest paid CEO in 2012 with a corporate compensation package worth more than $2.278 billion, according to a survey by corporate governance firm GMI Ratings?
Mark Zuckerberg.
71.    Who has the world's longest mustache, 14 feet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records?
Ram Singh Chauhan (India).

72.    Champion swimmer who has been handed a two-year ban by National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel after testing positive for stimulant Methylhexaneamine during the All India Police Aquatics Championships in March, 2013?

73.    Who is the present Director of the Indian Museum?
The Indian Museum is the largest museum situated in Chowringhee - Kolkata and has rare collections of antiques, amour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1814. The founder curator was Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist. The museum was closed to the visitors due to massive restoration and upgradation from 1 September 2013 to 3 February 2014

74.    Who has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to the UAE?
T.P. Seetharam.
Anurag Bhushan has been appointed the Consul- General of India in Dubai.
75.    Who has been posted as the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland?
M.K. Lokesh.

76.    Who has been selected as the world's most powerful person in 2013 by Forbes magazine?
Vladimir Putin (Russian President).
US president Barack Obama has been ousted from the number one spot on Forbes' list of most powerful people by Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

77.    The world's first Bitcoin ATM has opened in?
Vancouver, Canada.
Bitcoin ATM allows users to exchange their credits of the digital currency for cash and vice-versa.

78.    Who won the Player of the match award in the first ODI cricket match played between South Africa and Pakistan held in Sharja on October 30, 2013?
Wayne Parnell (South Africa).
He scored 56 runs and took 3 wickets.
Result: South Africa won by 1 run.

79.    Man of the match winners of two ODI cricket matches played between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in Bangladesh in October 2013:
First ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in Mirpur on October 29, 2013:
Man of the Match: Rubel Hossain (Bangladesh). He took 6 wickets.
Result: Bangladesh won by 43 runs (D/L method).

Second ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh held in Mirpur on October 31, 2013:
Man of the Match:  Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh). He took 3 wickets and scored 26 runs.
Result: Bangladesh won by 40 runs.

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