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Monday, 8 September 2014


1.    Union textiles minister who tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue of division of Andhra Pradesh.?
Kavuru Sambasiva Rao.

2.    Which club has been handed one-year transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules over international transfer of under-18s?

3.    It is the first time in India that convicts of a rape case have been sentenced to death under  section 376E  that was brought in by the new Criminal Law (Amendment) Act in 2013 after the brutal Delhi gang-rape case. Which is that rape case?
Shakti Mills gang-rape case.
       The 2013 Mumbai gang rape, also known as the Shakti Mills gang rape, refers to the incident in which a 22-year-old photojournalist, who was interning with an English-language magazine in Mumbai, was gang-raped by five persons, including a juvenile, when she had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound, near Mahalaxmiin South Mumbai, with a male colleague on an assignment on 22 August 2013.
           A Mumbai sessions court sentenced the three repeat offenders in the two Shakti Mills gang-rape cases to death under the provision of section 376E under the Indian Penal Code that carries the maximum of death penalty. The court had found Vijay Jadhav (19), Mohammad Qasim Shaikh(21), and Mohammad Salim Ansari (28) guilty in the photojournalist gang-rape case

4.    The supreme religious head of Christians, the pope, announced sainthood for two persons from Kerala (India) on April 3, 2014. Who are they?

Kuriakose Elias Chavara.( Popularly known as Chavara Achen) and Sister Euphrasia (Known as Evuprasiamma).
Chavara Achen became the Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Verapoly near Koch in 1861. Father Chavara was also a social reformer and believed that intellectual development and the education of women was the first step towards overall social welfare. Sister Euphrasia was declared a Servant of God in 1987, followed by the title of Venerable on July 5, 2002. She was declared as 'Blessed' on Dec 3, 2006, by Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of the Syro Malabar church.

5.    Which cricketer won the United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian Award for outstanding achievement in Sports?

6.    Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets. What is the name of that Hollywood film?

7.    Which country won the 2014 T20 World Cup after defeating India by six wickets in the final?
Sri Lanka.

8.    Who won the Man of the match award in the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup held in Mirpur, Bangladesh?
Kumar Sangakkara.
He scored unbeaten 52 runs.

9.    Who won the Player of the series award in the T20 World Cup-2014 held in Bangladesh?
Virat Kohli (India).

10.    Which country won the 2014 ICC Women's World Twenty20 title defeating  England in the final by six wickets?

11.    Renowned cinematographer and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee who shot India's first cinemascope film, Kaagaz Ke Phool, passed away on April 7, 2014?
He was awarded the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. On 19 January 2010, he was honored with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2008 with Sathvika Samineni. Murthy was Guru Dutt's regular cameraman on his movies. Films he collaborated with Dutt included “Baazi,” “CID” “Jaal” and “Sahib bibi aur ghulam.”

12.    Which cricketer has won the bid to own the Kochi franchise in the Indian Super League football tournament?
Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar, along with PVP Ventures bagged the Kochi franchise.

13.    Which cricketer has won the bid to own the Kolkata franchise in the Indian Super League football tournament?
Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav Ganguly, along with businessman Harsh Neotia, Atletico Madrid and Siddharth Goenka, has won the bid for the Kolkata franchise.

14.    Who won the Texas Open squash tournament -2014 defeating Dipika Pallikal (India) in the final?
Nour El Sherbini .

Here is the complete list of 61st National Film Awards which is given to honour the best films of 2013 in the Indian cinema.
Best Film: Jolly LLB (Hindi)
Best Actor: Suraj Venjaramoodu (Perariyathavar, Malyalam) & Raj Kumar (Shahid, Hindi)
Best Actress: Geetanjali Thapa (Liar’s Dice, Hindi)
Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla, 'Jolly LLB'
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Aida Elkashef, Ship of Theseus and Amruta Subash, Astu
Best Direction: Hansal Mehta for Shahid (Hindi)
Direction (Non Feature): Chidiya Udh
Special Effects: Jal
Short Fiction (Non Feature): Mandrake! Mandrake! (Hindi)
Non Feature Film on Social Issues: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
Environmental Film including Agriculture: Foresting Life (Hindi, Assamese)
Best Non Feature Film: Rangbhoomi (Hindi)
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema ka Cinema (Telgu) by Nandagopal
Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Madras Cafe
Best Choreography: Ganesh Aacharya, Havan Karenge (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
Special Jury Award: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
Best Children’s Film: Kaphal (Hindi)
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Perariyathavar (Malyalam)
Best Film on Social Issues: Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Thalaimuraigal (Tamil)
Best Popular Film providing wholesome Entertainment: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Fandry (Marathi)
Best Feature Film: Ship of Theseus
Playback Singer: Bela Shinde
Best Child Actor: Somnath Awghade for 'Fandry’
Best Feature Film in Malayalam: North 24 Kaatham
Best Feature Film in Assamese: Ajeyo
Best Feature Film in Bengali: Bakita Byaktigoto
Best Feature Film in Hindi: Jolly LLB
Best Feature Film in Kannada: December 1
Best Feature Film in Konkani: Baga Beach
Best Feature Film in Marathi: Acha Divaz Mazha
Best Feature Film in Tamil: Tonga Vungal
Best Feature Film in Telugu: Naa Bangaru Talli
Best Feature Film in English: The Coffin Maker
Bengali film 'Jatishwar' bagged awards for:
Best Music: Jatishwar
Best Costume: Jatishwar
Best Makeup: Jatishwar
Best Male Playback Singer: Jatishwar
Best Director Award: Pranjal Dua for 'Chidiya Ud' (Hindi)
Best Film Critic award: Alka Sahani of The Indian Express.
Best Narration/Voice Over: Lipika Singh Darai, Kankee O Saapo (Odia)
Best Dialouge: Astu
Special Jury Award: Gauri Gadgil and Sanjana Rai for ‘Yellow’ (Marathi) and Miss Lovely.

16.    Which Grand Slam tournament increased its prize money to more than 25 million Euros ($34.5 million) in 2014?
French Open.
The men's and women's champions will receive 1.65 million Euros each, 150,000 Euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will receive 825,000 Euros, a raise of 75,000 Euros.

17.    Which cricketer bought the Mumbai franchise in the inaugural IPTL (International Tennis Premier League)?
Sachin Tendulkar.
18.    Which tennis player has been confirmed as the marquee signing for the Mumbai franchise in the inaugural IPTL (International Tennis Premier League)?
Rafael Nadal.

19.    Who has been appointed as Navy Chief of India?

Admiral Robin K. Dhowan.
Dhowan is the current Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He assumed office on 17 April 2014, succeeding Admiral D.K. Joshi. He is the 22nd navy chief of India.

20.    The Indian shooter who clinched the World’s Number One spot in 10 meters air pistol event in April 2014?
Heena Sindhu.

21.    Who has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Iraq?
A.Ajay Kumar.
Ambassador Ajay Kumar is an Indian Foreign Service Officer from 2001 batch.

22.     India-born poet who has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections."?
Vijay Seshadri.
Seshadri is the fifth person of Indian origin to bag the prestigious award, the first being Gobind Behari Lal in 1937. Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri got Pulitzer for fiction in 2000 for her collection of stories "Interpreters of Maladies".

23.    Which cricketer became first Indian to get place in the cover of the 151th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2014?
Sachin Tendulkar.
151th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack published in UK ( London) on 10 April, 2014.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is the most famous cricket related book in world which published annually in the UK. It is considered the world's most famous sports reference book. It is known as ‘Bible of cricket’ which was first public in 1864 by the English cricketer John Wisden.

24.     The Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, passed away on April 17, 2014?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Marquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).

25.    Complete List of Winners of Kerala State Film Awards-2013:
Here is the complete list of winners of the 44th Kerala State Film Award which is given to honour the best films of Malayalam Cinema released in 2013.
Best Actor : Fahad Fazil, Lal
Best Actress : Ann Augustine
Best Director : Shyamaprasad
Best Film : Crime No:89
Popular Movie : Drishyam
Best Second Film: North 24 Kaatham
Best Debutant Director : K.R.Manoj
Best Cinematography : Sujith Vaasudev
Best Music : Ouseppachan
Best Lyrics: Prabha Varma, Madhu Vasudev
Best Male Singer : Karthik
Best Female Singer : Vaikkom Vijayalakshmi
Best Story : Bobby-Sanjay
Best Script : Aneesh Anwar
Best Back Ground Music : Bijibal
Best Art Direction: M.Bawa
Best Comedian :Suraj Venjarumoodu
Best Second Actor : Ashok Kumar (Crime No89)
Best Second Actress : Lena (Left Right Left)
Best Child Artists: Sanoop Santosh,
Best Editing: K.Rajagopal
Best Sound Design: Harikumar Madhavan Nair, N.Harikumar
Jury Special Mention: Aneesh Anwar, Suresh Unnithan, Sanusha,Mridula Warrier, Afzal Yousuf, Kalabhavana Shajon
Best Dubbing Artist: Sheeja Ravi,
Best Make Up: Pattanam Rasheed
Best Costumes: Siji Thomas
Best Colourist: Raghuraman
Best Choreography : Kumar Santhi
Best Children Movie: Philips and The Monkey Pen.

26.    Who has been sworn in for a fourth term as Algeria's president?
Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Bouteflika is an Algerian politician who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. As President, he presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002, and he ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest. He has also served as president of the United Nations General Assembly.

27.    Who won the Chinese Grand Prix Formula one title-2014?
 Lewis Hamilton.

28.    Who won the inaugural Richmond Open Squash title -2014 held at the Country Club of Virginia, USA?
Joshna Chinappa.
She defeated top seeded Rachael Grinham from Australia in the final of the Richmond Open 2014, held at Virginia, USA.

29.      Which football club won French League Cup-2014?
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)
PSG  is a professional association football club based in Paris, France. It was founded on 12 August 1970 following the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain.

30.    Who was conferred the “Best Sports Administrator for the year 2013” by the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club on 25th April 2014?
Shri V.K.Mahendru.

31.    Who won the award for "Outstanding contribution to football" by the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club?

32.    Which team won the I-League title-2014?
Bengaluru FC
Bengaluru FC won their first ever I-League title by defeating Dempo 2–4 at Fatorda Stadium, with one game remaining.

33.    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in its emergent working committee meeting in Mumbai recommended a three-member probe panel to inquire into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. The panel comprises of?
RK Raghavan (Former CBI director), JN Patel (Former Calcutta high court chief justice) and Ravi Shastri (Former India captain).

34.    Myanmar's noted journalist and patron of the opposition National League for Democracy ( NLD) who passed away  on April21, 2014?

U Win Tin.
Win Tin was a Burmese journalist, politician and political prisoner. He co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD). He was imprisoned by the military government for 19 years (1989–2008) for his writings and his leadership position in the NLD. He was awarded in 2001 the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his endeavors to defend and promote the right of freedom of expression. He was also awarded the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award in 2001.

35.    The former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, passed away on April 20, 2014?
Rubin Carter.
Carter was an American middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder and later freed via a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison. Carter's autobiography, titled “The Sixteenth Round”, was published in 1975 by Warner Books. The story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane (with Denzel Washington playing Carter). From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

36.    Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile which is successfully test fired by Pakistan on April 22, 2014 ?
Hatf III (Ghazanavi).
Hatf III can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometres.

37.    Which state bagged the overall team championship as well as the Girls Championship of the  11th National Youth Championships held in Goa?
Uttar Pradesh bagged the Boys Championship title. Ankita Gosavi and Maymon Poulose were awarded with best Athlete title.

38.    The cricket coach of Sri Lanka who  has resigned from his post in order to take up a role with the ECB (England Cricket Board)?
Paul Farbrace.

39.    Who Becomes the first American to win Boston Marathon Men's Race Since 1983?
Meb Keflezighi.
Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon. He also won the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

40.    Who has been appointed the new captain of the Sri Lanka Twenty20 team until March 2015?
Lasith Malinga.

41.    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive. The working title of that manuscript is ?
'We'll See Each Other in August' (En Agosto Nos Vemos).

42.    Which car was declared the 2014 World Car of the Year at the press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation?
The Audi A3.

43.    India successfully conducted two rounds of trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air missile on April 26, 2014 as part of a user trial by the air force from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha. Name that missile?

44.    Who has been chosen for Muttathu Varkey literary award-2014, instituted in memory of popular Malayalam writer Muttathu Varkey?
Asokan Charuvil.

45.    Former Barcelona manager who passed away on April 25, 2014 after losing his battle with throat cancer?
Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova was a Spanish football central midfielder and manager. He worked as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola, being part of the squads that won 14 titles.

46.    Who has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India?
Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha.
Lodha  was sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India (CJI)on April 27, 2014. Before being elevated to the Supreme Court of India, Lodha served as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. He has also served as a Judge in Rajasthan High Court and Bombay High Court.

47.    Two popes have been made saints in a historic double canonisation ceremony at Vatican City attended by up to 1 million faithful in April 2014. Name the two popes?
Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
It is the first time in history that two popes have been canonised at the same time.

48.    Who won the World heavyweight championship -2014?

Vladimir Klitschko
He easily retained his WBO(World Boxing Organisation) crown when he knocked out Alex Leapai of Australia.

49.    Who won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title -2014 defeating  Ana Ivanovic in the final ?
Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova won her first tournament of the year and clinched the 30th title of her career. She is now undefeated in 13 consecutive matches on the indoor clay in Stuttgart.

50.    Prime minister  of South Korea who  announced his resignation on April 27, 2014, amid public outrage over the handling of the ferry disaster, which has left 188 dead and 114 missing so far. Chung Hong-won.

51.    The World’s oldest man who died in Italy on 24 April 2014 at the age of 111?
Arturo Licata.
He was officially recognized as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records on Feb. 28, after the previous holder of the record Salustiano Sanchez died in September 2013 at the age of 112 years and 97 days. When he passed away, Licata was aged 111 years and 357 days. The current oldest living person in the world is a Japanese female, Misao Okawa, who was born in 1898 and still lives in Osaka.

52.    Who has been named the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year for 2013-14?
Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez becomes the first non-European to win the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award.

53.    Who has been named the Professional Footballers' Association Young player of the year for 2013-14?
Eden Hazard.

54.    Which club clinched the Dutch soccer league -2014?
Ajax has won its 33rd Eredivisie (Dutch league) title and celebrated a fourth successive Dutch league title under Frank De Boer's management.

55.    Indian environment activist who has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize often called the “Green Nobel”?
Ramesh Agrawal.
The winners of the prestigious prize will each receive $175,000 (£103,925).Ramesh Agrawal organised villagers in the central state of Chhattisgarh and succeeded in shutting down one of the largest planned coal mines in the area. He used Right To Information to organise people and fight a legal battle against coal and power major, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL), to prevent it from opening a second coal mine near the village of Gare in Chhattisgarh and setting up a power plant in Raigarh district.
        In 2012, two youngsters walked into Agrawal's Internet cafe and shot him in the leg, shattering his bone. This attack followed an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Agawal's complaint that accused JSPL of violating the terms of conditions for its mines in Raigarh. In April 2012, NGT revoked the permits required for the mine to break ground.

56.    Muslim Brotherhood leader who has been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian court for inciting the violence that erupted after the army deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year?
Mohammed Badie.
Badie was convicted along with 36 other Brotherhood leaders and supporters for the same crime.

57.    India’s only gorilla, listed as one of the world’s critically endangered species, died at the Mysore Zoo on April 26, 2014 due to respiratory infection and age-related ailments?
He was 42. The average life expectancy of a gorilla is between 35 and 40 years. The Western Lowland gorilla was born in 1972 and was received by the Mysore Zoo from the Dublin Zoo in Ireland on August 12, 1995,

58.    Eminent painter, sculptor, writer, art critic and orator who was the founder member and chairman of Kerala Kalapeedom, passed away on April 29, 2014?
M V Devan.
He served as the chairman of Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, Secretary of Madras state Lalita Kala Academy.The collections of critical essays ' Devaspandanam' is his magnum opus.

59.    Who is appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia?
Rajeev Suri.
He will take over as Nokia chief executive on May 1, 2014.

60.    Which Grand Slam tournament increased its prize money to £25 million in 2014?
Wimbledon men's and women's singles champions will each receive £1.76m, £160,000.

61.    Who has taken over as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) in April 2014?
Dr. Medithi Ravi Kant.

62.    Who was sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court?
Justice G Rohini.
Justice Leila Seth was the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court and the first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court. In 1991, she was appointed the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh.

63.    Toyota Kirloskar Motor decided to recall nearly 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle (MUV) in India to rectify defect in steering column. Which is that MUV?

64.    Which company has become the first Indian company to make a foreign currency bond issuance worth $1 billion in its debut US dollar bond sale programme?
Oil India Limited (OIL).

65.    Which Indian Cricketer has been named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden for his performance in 2013?
Shikhar Dhawan.
The other four cricketers in the list are Australian duo Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris, England batsman Joe Root and England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards.

66.    India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and Russia’s state-owned diamond mining firm signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 10, 2014 to share trade and statistical data on the diamond trade between the two countries. What is the name of that Russian firm?

67.    Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) for 2014-15?
R. Chandrasekaran.

68.    Culture Secretary (Minister) of Britain who resigned on April 9, 2014 over the controversy over her parliamentary expense claims?
Maria Miller.
She had been forced to repay £5,800 in mortgage payments she over-claimed on her parliamentary expenses.

69.    The world’s largest single crystal of gold, weighing 217.78 grams which is worth an estimated $ 1.5 million, was found in?

70.    Name the spy satellite which is successfully launched by Israel for the purpose of observing Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East?
Ofek 10.

71.    An Asian country gifted seven specimens of Green Anacondas to the Thiruvananthapuram zoo in Kerala in April 2014. Which is that country?
Sri Lanka.
The heaviest and longest reptiles were a gift from Dehiwala Zoo, Sri Lanka. Thiruvananthapuram zoo is the fourth in India to get anacondas as exhibits. The Thiruvananthapuram zoo will give a pair of Indian bison to the Sri Lankan zoo in exchange.

72.    British-American physicist who has won the 1 million-euro (USD 1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks?
Stuart Parkin.

73.    The surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile of India which was test-fired for its full 700-km range from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast on April 11, 2014?

74.    U.S Health and Human Services Secretary who resigned on April 10, 2014 a few months after the disastrous rollout of the ‘Obamacare’ website?
Kathleen Sebelius.

75.    Who has been appointed special advisor to Sunil Gavaskar, interim-president, BCCI for Pepsi-IPL-7?
Deepak Parekh.

76.    The book written by Sanjaya Baru (former media adviser of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) claims the Prime Minister was “defanged” by the Congress and its president, Sonia Gandhi, in the second term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). What is the name of that book?
“Accidental Prime Minister: Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh”.

77.    The veteran film lyricist and director who has been selected for the 45th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema?

78.    Government of which country has topped the list of global governments asking for censorship of content on social network Facebook, according to the ‘Global Government Data requests’ report released by the US-based company?
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