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Saturday, 24 October 2015


1. Which country has blocked India's move in the UN for action against Pakistan for the release of 26/11 mastermind Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi from jail last month?

2. Who became India's first transgender college principal?

Manabi Bandopadhyay.
She took charge as the principal of Krishnanagar Women's College in West Bengal on June 9.

3.  Who has resigned as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as a mounting corruption scandal engulfs world football's governing body?
Sepp Blatter.

4.    Eminent scientist who has been appointed as Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a two-year term?
Dr.S. Christopher.
Dr. G. S. Reddy has been appointed as Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

5.    Which countries signed a 10-year defense framework agreement on June 3, 2015?
India and U.S.A.
The agreement included plans to cooperate in developing a mobile solar energy power source that could be used in remote areas and in developing a lightweight protective suit effective in chemical and biological hazard environments.

6.    Biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, passed away on June2, 2015?

Irwin Rose.
Along with Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation.

7.    Who was named South Africa's Cricketer of the Year (2015) for the second successive year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards?
AB de Villiers.
He was also awarded the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Player's Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year.

8.    Which country banned smoking in public spaces in June 2015?

9.    Who has been appointed as the coach of Real Madrid for the next three seasons?
Rafa Benitez.

10.     Who became the oldest woman to complete a marathon when she crossed the finish line at San Diego's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon after 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds?
Harriette Thompson.

11.    Who took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command on June 1, 2015?
Air Marshal Jasbir Walia.

12.    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formed a Cricket Advisory Committee on June 1, 2015. The committee comprises of?
Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

13.    Which countries signed 6 agreements on 1 June 2015 to boost ties and restart the bilateral strategic dialogue?
India and Sweden.

14.    Scam-tainted former IOA Secretary General who was elected vice-President of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) for a four-year term in polls held in Wuhan, China?
Lalit Bhanot.

15.    Who has been appointed as the non executive chairman of Infosys Limited?
R .Seshasayee.

16.    Former Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) who was appointed as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Counter Terrorism and Extremism in National Security Council (NSC) Secretariat?
Syed Asif Ibrahim.

17.    Which countries have temporarily suspended the sale of Nestle’s Maggi noodles imported from India amid reports that high lead content was found in the popular instant snack?
Singapore and Nepal.

18.    England and Somerset wicket-keeper batsman who has announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket in June 2015?
Craig Kieswetter.
He played 46 ODIs and 25 T20Is for England. He had played a significant role in England's 2010 World T20 triumph, scoring 222 runs at an average of 31.71 and a strike rate of 117 to go along with five dismissals behind the stumps.

19.    On 5 June 2015, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) ordered a recall of all nine approved variants of an international brand of seasonings, instant soups and noodles from India, suggesting them unsafe and hazardous for human consumption. Which is that brand?
Maggie is owned by Nestle since 1947. In June 2015, it was reported in India that tests had found high amounts of lead and MSG in Maggi noodles, and FSSAI ordered country-wide withdraw and recall for all 9 variants of Maggi Instant Noodles and Oats Masala Noodle.

20.    Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and a close advisor of President Saddam Hussein, who passed away on June 5, 2015?
He was held hostage by Iraqi governments following the illegal invasion of     Iraq by the US and the UK governments in 2003.
Tariq Aziz.
He was an Iraqi Foreign Minister (1983–1991) and Deputy Prime Minister (1979–2003).     He voluntarily surrendered to American forces on 24 April 2003, after negotiations had     been mediated by his son. After surrendering to American forces on 24 April 2003, Aziz     was held in prison, first by American forces and subsequently by the Iraqi government.

21.    Pakistan spin bowler who has been banned for two years by the Pakistan Cricket Board after failing a doping test?
Raza Hasan.

22.    Former captain of India who has been appointed as the coach of the India A and under-19 cricket teams?
Rahul Dravid.

23.    Who won the Man of the Series award in the two test cricket matches played between Australia and West Indies held in West Indies in June 2015?
Josh Hazlewood (Australia).
Australia won the 2-match series 2-0.

24.    Which countries on June6, 2015 signed 22 agreements and MoUs for co-operation in areas of trade, investment, education, climate change and Information and Communication Technology?
India and Bangladesh.

French Open Men’s Singles Title-2015: Winner- Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland).
He defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.

French Open Women’s Singles Title-2015: Winner- Serena Williams (USA).
She defeated Lucie Safarova of Czechoslovakia in the final. This was her third French Open title (earlier she had won in 2002, 2013) and overall 20th Grand Slam title.

French Open Men’s Doubles Title-2015: Winners- van Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil).
They defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA).

French Open Women’s Doubles Title-2015: Winners- Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
They defeated Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan).

French Open Mixed Doubles Title-2015: Winners- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan.     (USA)
They defeated Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) and Marcin Matkowski (Poland) pair in the final.

26.    Former prime minister of India who was conferred Award of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour for his "active role" in the country's freedom struggle?
Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

27.    Which country topes the medal list of the 21st Asian Athletics Championships which was held at Wuhan, China from 3 - 7 June 2015?
China.(41 Medals, 15 Gold, 13 Silver, 13 Bronze)
Qatar.(10 Medals, 7 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)
India(13 Medals, 4 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze).

28.    Following criticism, which U.S.-based online retail giant stopped sales of a Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant publication online?
The magazine of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) entitled Dabiq, is produced by the group's media arm, called the Al-Hayat Media Center.

29.    Which club won the 2014-2015 UEFA Champions League defeating Juventus in the final?

30.    In June 2015, Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison of a Saudi Arabian blogger. Name that blogger?
Raif Badawi.
He is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals. He was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges, including apostasy. In 2013, he was convicted of several charges and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. In 2014, he was re-sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine.

31.    Indian business executive who resigned as CO-CEO of Deutsche Bank on June 7, 2015?
Anshuman Jain.
He took over as Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank on 1 June 2012 to succeed Management Board Chairman Josef Ackermann.

32.    Which football club has been named the most valuable football club in the world and have become the first "billion dollar" brand in the sport?
Manchester United.

33.    Who won the Canadian Grand Prix-2015?
Lewis Hamilton.

34.    The 41st G7 summit was held in?
The attendees of G7 included the leaders of the seven G7 member states, as well as representatives of the European Union.

35.    Former Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes who has been appointed as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner of India?
K.V. Chowdary.

36.    Who has been appointed as the new Chief Information Commissioner?
Vijai Sharma.

37.    Law Minister of New Delhi who was arrested in connection with the controversy over the authenticity of his academic degree?
Jitendra Singh Tomar.
A case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy has been filed against Mr Tomar, who has been accused of faking degrees.

38.    Which becomes first state of India for putting records of all 13,040 village Panchayats online?

39.    Name the film about the history of Fifa and funded by Fifa which has flopped in the US, taking just $607 (£397) in its opening weekend?
United Passions.

40.    Name the man who sat in solitary confinement in prison in Angola for 43 years who has been released from prison in June 2015?
Albert Woodfox.
Woodfox, originally convicted of an unrelated case of armed robbery, was convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972.

41.    Former England wicketkeeper who has confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after failing to overcome an Achilles injury?
Matt Prior.
Prior, who played 79 Tests and was part of three Ashes-winning teams, scored 4,099 runs and 265 dismissals in Test cricket.

42.    Which organisation was presented the Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 in the Science and Engineering category?
ISRO. (Indian Space Research Organisation).

43.    China’s former domestic security chief who was sentenced to life in prison on June 11, 2015?
Zhou Yongkang.
Zhou Yongkang is a retired senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He was a member of the 17th Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), China's highest decision-making body, and the Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission between 2007 and 2012. On June 11, 2015, Zhou was convicted of bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets by the Intermediate Court in Tianjin.

44.    The English-born actor, who made his name playing Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in the Hammer horror films, passed away on June 7, 2015?

Christopher Lee.
Christopher Lee was an English actor, singer, author, and World War II veteran. Lee initially became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).

45.    The creator of the extraordinary Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a 25-acre environment in northern India that contains more than 2,000 statues, passed away on June 12, 2015?
Nek Chand.
He was a self-taught Indian artist, known for building the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, an eighteen-acre sculpture garden in the city of Chandigarh, India. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1984.

46.    The former head of the International Monetary Fund who was acquitted of aggravated pimping charge on June 12, 2015?
Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

47.    Prime Minister of Moldova who resigned from the post on June12, 2015 after the Prosecutor General's Office began a criminal investigation into the falsification of his school diplomas?
Chiril Gaburici.

48.    Who replaced Chiril Gaburici as Prime Minister of Molodova after his resignation on 22 June 2015?
Natalia Gherman.

49.    The dollar of which country is due to be demonetised (no longer legal tender) by the end of 2015?
The Zimbabwe dollar was introduced in 1980 to directly replace the Rhodesian dollar at par (1:1) and at a similar value to the US dollar. Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe reduced it to one of the lowest valued currency units in the world. It was redenominated three times (in 2006, 2008 and 2009), with denominations up to a $100 trillion banknote.

50.    Pakistan has banned the operations of international aid group in the country and sealed the office of the NGO located in Islamabad. Which is that international aid group?
"Save the Children".
The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

51.    Former West Indies fast bowler who was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the Test between West Indies and Australia in June 2015?
Wes Hall.
He became the fourth cricketer to receive the honour this year after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe.
    The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame "recognises the achievements of the legends of the game from cricket's long and illustrious history". It was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 2 January 2009, in association with the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), as part of the ICC's centenary celebrations.

52.    Who won the Player of the match in the only test between Bangladesh and India held in Bangladesh in June 2015?
Shikhar Dhawan (India).

53.    Which intergovernmental organization has suspended a €20-million agreement with FIFA in the wake of the massive ongoing investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body?

54.    Former Union minister and a sister-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, passed away on June 13, 2015?
Sheila Kaul.
She was a social democratic leader of the Indian National Congress, a stateswoman, cabinet minister and governor, and the oldest living former Member of Parliament in India at the time of her death.

55.    India is set to acquire a prime property in London for an estimated £4 million where a famous social reformer lived during his student days in the 1920s.Who is that social reformer?

56.    Which pair won the men's doubles title at Stuttgart Open-2015?
Rohan Bopanna (India) and Florin Mergea (Romania).
They defeated Austrian-Brazilian Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final.

57.    Name the hypersonic nuclear-capable missile successfully test fired by China on June 7, 2015?
WU-14 is the Pentagon's code name for a Chinese hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), now called the DF-ZF. The hypersonic nuclear delivery vehicle can travel up to ten times the speed of sound or 7,680 miles per hour. That means, if launched from Shanghai, it can hit San Francisco in about 50 minutes.

58.    Who won the Player of the Series award in  the 5 ODI cricket matches played between England and New Zealand held in England in June 2015?
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Series - England won the 5-match series 3-2.

59.    Who becomes the first man to win clay and grass titles at the Stuttgart Open?
Rafael Nadal.
He defeated Viktor Troicki in the final.

60.    Who has been appointed as the new chief of the elite counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG)?
R.C .Tayal.

61.    Which country won World Railway Championship, 2015 in Tennis and Volleyball?
The 20th USIC- Tennis (World Railways) Championship held at Nuremberg, Germany.

62.    Who became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals during his team’s 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guam?
Sunil Chhetri.

63.    Indian Architect, urban planner and activist who was the chief architect of Navi Mumbai, passed away on June 16, 2015?

Charles Correa.
Correa designed landmarks like Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Ahmedabad, the Handloom Pavilion in Delhi, Bharat Bhavan and Vidhan Bhavan in Madhya Pradesh, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Permanent Mission of India at the U.N., New York, Kala Academy in Goa. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Vibhushan in 2006. In 1984, he founded the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai, dedicated to protecting the environment and improving urban communities.

64.    Which country has lowered the voting age in the country from 20 to 18 years in June 2015?
Japan last lowered the voting age from 25 to 20 years in 1945.

65.    Who was conferred with Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram -2014 by the Kerala government?
Usthad Amjad Ali Khan.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, citation, and a statuette.

66.    Which club won the NBA Championship 2015?
Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final. It is the team's first championship since the team won the title 40 years ago in 1975.
    The National Basketball Association (NBA is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America.

67.    Eminent scientist and recipient of Bharat Ratna CNR Rao who was conferred Japan's highest civilian award for promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between the two countries?
CNR Rao.
He was presented with the 'Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star' and certificate.

68.    Which country won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup-2015 defeating Brazil in the final?

69.    Name the 116-year-old woman deemed the world's oldest person, passed away on June 17, 2015?
Jeralean Talley.
Talley was an American super centenarian who was, at the age of 116 years, 25 days, the world's verified oldest living person.

70.    International Yoga Day is observed on?
June 21.

71.    Who won the Austrian Grand Prix 2015?
    Nico Rosberg.

72.    Hollywood music composer who won two Oscars for the music of "Titanic" and scored for other blockbusters like "Avatar", "Braveheart", and "A Beautiful Mind", died in a plane crash
on June 22, 2015?
James Horner.
For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic", directed by James Cameron, Horner captured the Oscar for Original Dramatic Score, and he nabbed another Academy Award for Original Song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) for “My heart will go on", performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide.

73.    Name the sister who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity, passed away on June 23, 2015?

Sister Nirmala Joshi.
Sister Nirmala was a Catholic Religious Sister who took over the charity following Mother     Teresa’s death in 1997; Nirmala expanded the organisation’s reach to 134 countries by     opening centres in nations such as Afghanistan,     Israel and Thailand.

74.    Name the world's first electric passenger aircraft made by China that could be used in pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations?
The BX1E.
BX1E has a 14.5-meter wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kgs. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The charging is completed within two hours, allowing a flight time of 45 minutes to one hour, at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.

75.    Who has been appointed as Director, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), New Delhi?
Archana Ramasundaram.

76.    Who has been voted as the best Test player of the 21st century in a fans’ poll conducted by Cricket Australia (CA) on their official website?
Sachin Tendulkar.

77.    Who became the first basketball player from India to be drafted by an NBA team?
Satnam Singh.
The Dallas Mavericks chose him with the 52nd overall pick in the 2015 draft. The 2015 NBA draft was held on June 25, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

78.    Former Pakistan captain who has been appointed as the ICC (International Cricket Council) president in June 2015?
Zaheer Abbas.

79.    The 2019 AFC Asian Cup Football will be held in?
The United Arab Emirates.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

80.    Which country becomes the 23rd country where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide in June 2015?

81.    According to a research published by the World Economic Forum, which is the largest employer in the world?
The US department of defense.
The US department of defense is the world's biggest employer which claims over 3.2 million employees on its roster. Second is People's Liberation Army (the Chinese military) with 2.3 million, and in third is the US supermarket giant Walmart with 2.1 million workers. Indian Railways is ranked at the eighth place in the list of world's biggest employers.

82.    The world's tallest cow, measured to be a full 6-foot-2 inches tall (190 cm) from hoof to withers, died on her owner's farm recently?


83.    Which countries signed a number of important agreements on June 29, 2015, including the double taxation avoidance treaty, and exchanged instruments of ratification on the extradition treaty inked in 2013, which provides for the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders?
India and Thailand.

84.    Who won the Canada Open women's doubles Badminton title-2015?
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.
Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the final.

85.    Who was named the Captain of Indian Cricket team for the Zimbabwe tour which includes 3 ODI’s and two Twenty20 matches?
Ajinkya Rahane.

86.    Veteran Writer who was selected for the 28th Moorti Devi Award for the year 2014 for his book “Vyomkesh Darvesh”?
Vishwanath Tripathi.
Vyomkesh Darvesh is a lifetime story of Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi. The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture. The prize includes an amount of Rupees Four Lac, a plaque, a statue of Saraswati, and a shawl.

87.    Founding chairman of Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Keltron), passed away on June 30, 2015?
K. P. P. Nambiar.
He was an Indian industrialist and technocrat, known for his work in the field of industrial development and technology. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India for his contributions to the field of technology in 2006.

88.    The father of short message service (SMS) who passed away on June 26, 2015?

Matti Makkonen.
He was a Finnish engineer in the field of mobile communications. In 2008, Makkonen was awarded The Economist Innovation Award in the computing and telecommunications category for his work on text messaging (SMS).

89.    Grandmaster and former world junior champion who won the 2015 Commonwealth Chess Championship?
Abhijeet Gupta.

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