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Sunday, 27 September 2015


1.    President of International Cricket Council (ICC) who has announced his resignation to protest the “denial” by the governing body to let him give away the trophy to the champions in the World Cup and also the “controversial” umpiring during the Bangladesh-India quarterfinal match at Melbourne?
A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal.

2.    New Zealand fast bowler who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a 14-year international career on April 1, 2015?
Kyle Mills.
Mills made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in 2001, and his test debut in 2004. Mills reached No. 1 on the world one-day international bowler rankings in 2009 after taking nine wickets in New Zealand’s series against Australia. He also played 19 Tests and collected 44 wickets at 33.02 and claimed 43 wickets from his 42 Twenty20 internationals.

3.    On April 1, 2015, which country became the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court(ICC)?

4.    The world’s oldest person who passed away on April1, 2015, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday?
Misao Okawa (Japan).
Okawa, who was born in Osaka on 5 March 1898, was recognised as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

5.    Who has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, highest cricketing honour of New Zealand?
    Brendon McCullum (New Zealand captain).
               New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was named “Cricketer of the Year”.     Kane Williamson won the “Batsman of the Year” award across all three formats of     the game. Trent Boult was named “Bowler of the Year” while Suzie Bates was     named “Women’s Cricketer of the Year”.

6.    Which name is given to the planned capital city area of Andhra Pradesh?
The riverfront capital will be located on the southern banks of the River Krishna and form part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.

7.    An Islamic nation and six world powers reached a historic agreement on April 2, 2015 on a broad framework for resolving their long-standing dispute over that nation’s nuclear program, which has left the Islamic nation economically isolated. Which is that Islamic country?

8.    A minor planet (4538) 1988 TP has been named after Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess champion recently. Who is that chess champion and what is the new name of that planet?
Viswanathan Anand (India), 4538 Vishyanand.
The newly-named minor planet, (4538 Vishyanand), was discovered by Kenzo Suzuki of Toyota, Japan, on October 10, 1988. A minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun that is neither a dominant planet nor a comet, and thus includes the dwarf planets. Sports personalities like Roger Federer, Jesse Owens, Arsene Wenger and Donald Bradman have minor planets named after them.

9.    A man on death row, who has spent thirty years protesting his innocence, has been freed from a prison in Alabama on April 3, 2015. Who is that unlucky person?
Anthony Ray Hinton.
                     The 58-year-old was convicted of murdering two fast-food restaurant managers, John Davidson and Thomas Vason, in two separate incidents in     Birmingham in 1985. No eyewitnesses linked Hinton to the incident, none of his     fingerprints were found on the scene, and bullets from at the restaurants were the men were shot were the only evidence that linked Mr Hinton to the murders. Prosecutors presented new tests using modern forensic methods which failed to show     that the fatal bullets came from a revolver in Mr Hinton's home, or even from the same gun - which belonged to his mother.

10.    Winners of the 2015 Miami Open Tennis Tournament:
2015 Miami Open Tennis Men’s Title:
Winner: Novak Djokovic.(Serbia). He defeated Andy Murray (Britain) in the final.

2015 Miami Open Tennis Women’s Title:
Winner: Serena Williams.(USA). She defeated Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) in the final.

2015 Miami Open Tennis men’s Doubles Title:
Winners: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA). They defeated Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and Jack sock (USA) in the final.

2015 Miami Open Tennis Women’s Doubles Title:
Winners: Sania Mirza (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland). They defeated Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) and Elena Vesnina (Russia) in the final.

11.    Name the first indigenously-built Scorpene submarine which is launched by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd in Mumbai on April 6, 2015?
INS Kalvari.
               INS Kalvari (S50) is the first of the Indian Navy's six Kalvari-class submarine.     The Kalvari class is a class of submarines based on the Scorpene-class submarine     built by Mazagon Dock Limited for the Indian Navy. It is a French designed diesel-    electric attack submarine which was manufactured in Mumbai. 

12.    Name the Japanese woman who has become the first 100-year-old to complete a 1,500m freestyle swim in a 25m pool?
Mieko Nagaoka.

13.    Who becomes the 15th Women's World Chess Champion?
Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine). She defeated Natalia Pogonina(Russia) to win the FIDE Women’s World Championship. 

14.    Paris- based Syrian-Lebanese Arab poet who has been chosen for Kumaran Asan World Prize-2015 for poetry, instituted by the Kumaran Asan Memorial Association to honour poets of international stature and introduce them to Indian readers?
    The award consisting of a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh, a memento and citation. Adonis, author of more than twenty volumes of poetry in Arabic. If Only the Sea Could Sleep, Pages of Day and Night, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene, Not A Star, A Voice, A King is Miyhar, The Adoring Rock, Take me to God are his important works. 

15.    Which country has passed a controversial anti-terrorism bill on April 7, 2015, which the government says is needed to tackle the threat from Islamic extremists?
The Prevention of Terrorism Act allows a suspect to be detained for up to two years, which can be extended indefinitely without guarantee of legal representation.

16.     An Indian-American assistant professor who has won the prestigious Peltier Award for her innovative teaching methods?

Rajani Ganesh-Pillai.
One of her innovative practices is a game called "Baffa Baffa," where the goal is to have students understand culture's role in business and how it can affect transactions and relationships.

17.    Which state won Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy-2015 after a tense two-wicket win over Punjab in the final?
Gujarat won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy for the second time.

18.    Former chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. B. who has been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment in the country’s largest-ever corporate fraud?
Ramalinga Raju.
The special court imposed a fine of Rs. 5.5 crore each on Raju and his brother Rama Raju, ex-managing director, and about Rs. 50 lakh each on their sibling Suryanarayana Raju and seven others.

19.    Veteran Tamil writer and winner of Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards who is considered a colossus in Tamil literature, passed away on April 8, 2015?
       Known for his work "Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal" among others, Jayakanthan, who has penned several novels and short stories, was awarded the Sahitya Akademi  Award in 1972 and the Jnanpith Award in 2002.  He was also a recipient of Padma  Bhushan (2009). His novels Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal , Oru Nadigai Nadagam Paarkiral, Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan and Cinemavukku Pona Chithalu were adapted as films.

20.    The suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has been released on bail from a Pakistani jail on April 10, 2015?
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
Lakhvi is a top leader of a terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba and currently serves as Supreme Commander of operations in Kashmir and as a member of LeT's General Council.He is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list.

21.    Former Australia cricket captain and renowned commentator who passed away on April 10, 2015?

Richie Benaud.
      A veteran of 63 Test matches, Benaud played a pivotal role in the formation of     World Series     Cricket in the 1970s and was one of the world’s most recognised     commentators. In 1958 he became Australia's Test captain until his retirement in     1964. He became the first player to reach 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket,     arriving at that milestone in 1963 .Anything But (1998) is his autobiography.

22.    An Islamist politician convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan who has been hanged at a prison in Dhaka on April 11, 2015?

Mohammad Kamaruzzaman.
        Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of     genocide by a domestic war crimes tribunal in May 2013. He was convicted of crimes     including the killing of at least 120 unarmed farmers. He is the second war crimes     suspect in Bangladesh to be executed.
         In December 2013 Abdul Kader Mullah, assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-    Islami since 2010 and a former editor of an Islamist newspaper, was hanged after     being found guilty on five of six counts of crimes against humanity and war crime.

23.    The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has been sentenced to death for inciting violence and unrest in Egypt?
Mohamed Badie.
He has headed the Egyptian branch of the international Muslim Brotherhood organization since 2010. He was sentenced to life in prison on 15 September 2014,  and was sentenced to death on 11 April 2015, along with thirteen other senior Muslim Brotherhood members.

24.    Ace Indian shooter who won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, South Korea?
Jitu Rai.
    In 10m air pistol event, Jin Jongoh of South Korea won gold medal and Naung Ye     Tun of Myanmar won silver medal.
25.    Which country won the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey title defeating Australia in the final (1-3)?
New Zealand.
It was held from 5 April to 12 April 2015 in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

26.    Who became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA(Women’s Tennis Association)  doubles ranking after she teamed up with Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title-2015 women’s doubles title?.
Sania Mirza.
    Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the Family Circle Cup in Charleston defeating     Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak in the final.

27.    Who has won the Chinese Grand Prix-2015?
Lewis Hamilton.
He has won the Chinese Grand Prix for the second year.

28.    The German novelist, social critic and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature who passed away on April 13, 2015?
    Gunter Grass.
    Grass is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), a key text in European magic realism. It was the first book of his Danzig Trilogy, the other two being Cat and  Mouse and Dog Years. He wrote more than 30 plays, novels, books of poems, essays and memoirs.

29.    Which club won the French League Cup-2015?
    Paris St-Germain. (PSG).
    PSG beat Bastia in the final.

30.    The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and the Constitutional Amendment Act came into force from?
April 13, 2015.
    National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) is a proposed body responsible for the appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary in India. The Commission is established by amending the Constitution of India through the ninety-ninth constitution amendment vide the Constitution (Ninety-Ninth Amendment) Act, 2014 passed by the Lok Sabha on 13 August 2014 and by the Rajya Sabha on 14 August 2014. The NJAC replaces the collegium system for the appointment of judges as invoked by the Supreme Court via judicial fiat by a new system.
A new article, Article 124A, (which provides for the composition of the NJAC) has been inserted into the Constitution.

31.    Name the Bank inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8, 2015 under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana?
Mudra (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Bank.
Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank (or MUDRA Bank) is a public sector financial institution in India. It provides loans at low rates to microfinance institutions and non-banking financial institutions which then provide credit to MSME's.
    The bank will classify its clients into three categories and the maximum allowed loan     sums will be based on the category:
     Kishore: Allowed loans up to 5,00,000
Tarun: Allowed loans up to 10,00,000.

32.    Who was appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru?
Mayilsamy Annadurai.
    He succeeded the Dr SK Shivakumar superannuated on 31 March 2015.    Earlier, Annadurai had been the Programme Director of Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) at the ISAC since 2011.
33.    Which cricketer hit the first century of Indian Premiere League -8 (IPL -2015)?
Brendon McCullum.

34.    Name the asteroid which was named after the youngest Nobel laureate and girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai?
Asteroid ‘316201’.
    Asteroid 316201 was named as ‘316201 Malala’ by Amy Mainzer, astronomer at     NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, United States under the     International Astronomical Union rules. Mainzer had discovered the asteroid 316201     in 2010. The asteroid is situated in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The     asteroid orbits the sun every five-and-a-half years.

35.    Fast bowling legend who has stepped down as South Africa bowling coach in April 2015 after four successful years in the role?
Allan Donald.

36.    Former Nepal Prime Minister who served as Prime Minister of Nepal for five terms, under three different Kings, passed away on April 15, 2015?
Surya Bahadur Thapa.
Surya Thapa was the first Prime Minister under the Panchayat System of Nepal. In his later years, he was the leader of Rastriya Janashakti Party. In 1966, he was appointed Prime Minister under the modified constitution of Nepal. He was responsible for expanding the coverage of the Constitution of 1962 and promulgated 2nd amendment to make it “people-oriented”.

37.    Name the nuclear weapons-capable ballistic missile which is test fired by India from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on April 16, 2015?

38.    Which countries signed a nuclear agreement on supply of uranium on April 15, 2015?
India and Canada.
As part of the agreement, Canadian Cameco Corporation will supply 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate to India till 2020. The deal is worth 350 million US dollars.

39.    Who became the first Indian-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City?
Raja Rajeswari.
40.    Veteran Chinese journalist who has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for leaking Document No 9 , which argued for curbs on the spread of western democracy, universal values, civil society and press freedom, to an overseas media group?
Gao Yu.

41.    Who has been unanimously elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on April 19, 2015?
Sitaram Yechury.
At the meeting of the new Central Committee (CC) on the last day of the party's 21st Congress, outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat proposed Yechury's name and S. Ramchandran Pillai seconded it. The 91-member CC unanimously approved it.

42.    The Indian Navy's most powerful and lethal destroyer ship which was launched into water for the first time at Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai on 20 April 2015?
INS Visakhapatnam.
    INS Visakhapatnam is the lead ship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She is being constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).The ship is expected to get commissioned by 2018.
    At 7,300 tonnes, INS Visakhapatnam is the largest destroyer commissioned in India.  The 163-metre-long ship, the first of four P 15-B class of destroyers being built in a Rs. 29,340 crore project, is made entirely of Indian steel. It is equipped with four 30mm rapid-fire guns to provide close, in-defence capability.

43.    Who won the Player of the series award in the three ODI cricket series played between Bangladesh and Pakistan in April 2015?
Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh).
Bangladesh won the 3-match series 3-0.

44.    Who won the Monte Carlo Men’s Tennis title-2015 defeating Tomas Berdych in the final?
Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic, became the first player to win the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.

45.    Former president of Egypt who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012?
Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi, who was elected president the year after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was removed by the military in 2013.

46.    Former Governor of Assam and three-time Chief Minister of Odisha who passed away on April 21, 2015?
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik.
He was Chief Minister of Odisha from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999, holding that post for the longest time on record before Naveen Patnaik.

47.    English all rounder who smashed triple century as world-record personal score 350 runs from 138 balls in one day international cricket?

Liam Livingstone.
Liam Livingstone smashed 350 from 138 balls, with 34 fours and 27 sixes, playing for Nantwich of the Cheshire County Premier League against Caldy of the Liverpool competition.
He has broken the record of highest individual score in One-Day game which was previously held by and Indian Nikhilesh Surendran when he made 334 not out at the age of 15  in an Indian school fixture in Hyderabad in 2008.

48.    Literary scholar who edited the first seven editions of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” a virtual Bible in literature survey courses, passed away on April 21, 2015?
He transformed the study of Romanticism with the critical histories “The Mirror and     the Lamp” and “Natural Supernaturalism.”.

49.    Who won the Bahrain Grand Prix-2015?
Lewis Hamilton.
The Bahrain Grand Prix-2015is a Formula One Championship race in Bahrain sponsored by Gulf Air.

50.    For the first time in 45 years and in a rare legislative action, a private member's Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on 24th April 2015. Which is that bill?
The "Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014".
 The "Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014", moved by Tiruchi Siva (DMK) was passed after leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would not be proper if the House is divided on this issue as all feel in favour of the rights of transgenders.

51.    Which country is the happiest country in the world, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled in New York?
The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy. The United Nations published the first study in 2012. According to the report, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia are the top 10 happiest countries in the world.

52.    The historic tower and a landmark in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu, collapsed during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015?

                  Dharahara also called Bhimsen Tower was a nine-storey, 61.88-metre-tall     (203.0 ft) tower at the center of Sundhara in Kathmandu. It was built in 1832 by     Mukhtiyar (equivalent to Prime Minister) Bhimsen Thapa under the commission of     Queen     Lalit Tripura Sundari and was a part of the architecture of Kathmandu     recognized by     UNESCO.
    The tower had a spiral staircase containing 213 steps. The eighth floor held a circular     balcony for observers that provided a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. It     also had a 5.2-metre (17 ft) bronze mast on the roof.

53.    The April 2015 Nepal earthquake is also known as?
The Gorkha earthquake.
The earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000, occurred at April 25, 2015.

54.    Which state becomes first U.S. state to rise smoking age to 21?

55.    a prominent intellectual and social justice activist in Pakistan who  was gunned down in the city of Karachi on April 24, 2015 after hosting a forum on the ongoing violence and instability in Balochistan?
Sabeen Mahmud.
Mahmud was a Pakistani human rights activist and social NGO worker. She was founder and director of the Karachi-based cafe The Second Floor (T2F) and president of the Karachi branch of TiE. ‘‘The Second Floor ‘‘is a community space and first project of the non-profit organization Peace Niche founded by Sabeen Mahmud. (TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a non profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.)

56.    Badminton Association of India (BAI) president who was elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a four year term?
Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta.

57.    Who won the Player of the series award in the Wisden Trophy (3 Test Cricket Series) played between West Indies and England held in West Indies in 2015?
James Anderson (England).
Series - 3-match series drew 1-1.

58.    India swimmer and the only man with amputated legs to cross the English Channel in 1997, passed away on April 26, 2015?

    Masudur Rahman Baidya.
    He was the world's first physically handicapped swimmer to swim across the Strait of     Gibraltar. At the age of ten, young Masudur lost both his legs in a train mishap. In the     year, 1989, at a swimming event organized by the Artificial Limb Centre at Pune,     Masudur came first in sixteen out of seventeen competitions. In 1997, he became the     first physically    handicapped Asian swimmer to successfully cross the English     Channel. Followed by this, in    the year 2001, he became the world's first physically     handicapped swimmer to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar.

59.    Who was crowned Barcelona Open Men’s Tennis title defeating Pablo Andujar of Spain in the final?
Kei Nishikori.

60.    Who has been named the recipient of the 2014/15 Player of the Year Award by the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association)?
Eden Hazard.

61.    Which club won the Bundesliga title -2015?
Bayern Munich.
Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. Since the formation of the Bundesliga, Bayern has been the dominant club in German football with 25 titles and has won 7 of the last 11 titles.

62.    Bollywood superstar who has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015 for his performance in 'Happy New Year'?
Shah Rukh Khan.

63.    Who has been selected for Muttathu Varkey Literary Award-2015?
K. Sachidanandan.
Mr. Sachidanandan has been selected for his poem titled “Malayalam”, which appeared in his collected work of the same title. This is for the first time that a poet has been selected for the award. The award carrying a purse of Rs.33,333, a citation, and a memento.

64.    Which bank has won The Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015 for Technology Implementation in the category of Best Outsourcing Project (New Bank)?
Bharatiya Mahila Bank Ltd.(BMB)
    The main aim of BMB is to focus on banking needs of women and to promote     economic empowerment. The bank was established on Nov 19th 2013. BMB is the     first all women public sector bank of India.

65.    The Parliament of Sri Lanka on April 28, 2015 adopted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The main objective of the 19th Amendment is?
With the 19th amendment, the power of the Executive President will be reduced and will put into place a Constitutional Council for making key government appointments.
Under the amendment, the President cannot dissolve the parliament by using his power. It brought a two-term limit for a president and reduced the term from 6 to 5 years.

66.    All India Football Federation (AIFF) President who has been elected uncontested as the Vice President of Asian Football Confederation of the SAFF Region?
Praful Patel.

67.    Chelsea legend who has been awarded the Barclays Spirit of the Game Award for his charity work in Africa?
Didier Drogba.
Drogba’s foundation, The Didier Drogba Foundation, works to improve education and health facilities.

68.    Which cricketer becomes the first man to hit 500 sixes in T20?
Chris Gayle.
 Gayle achieved this fear in his 201st T20 game which is against Rajasthan Royals. And the next player with most number of sixes in T20 is his own countryman, Kieron Pollard with 348. The Jamaican already holds the record for most sixes in IPL history with over 200.
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