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Monday, 5 October 2015


1.    The Fight of the Century or the Battle for Greatness is a professional boxing match between two world champions in Boxing held on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who are they and who won the match?

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.
 The match is between five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather won the contest by a unanimous decision.

2.    On 4 May2015, a novel celebrated its 62 years of winning the Pulitzer Prize. Which is that novel and who is the author?
The Old Man and the Sea.
The book is written by Ernest Hemingway. The novel won Pulitzer Prize on 4 May 1953.

3.    Who won the inaugural Istanbul Open Men’s Tennis tile defeating Pablo Cuevas in the final?
Roger Federer.

4.    Which club won the English Premier League Title 2014-2015?
Manchester City was the champions of the English 2013–14 season.
5.    Well-known investor and portfolio advisor who was killed in a car accident in Omaha, Nebraska, US, on May 3, 2015?

Parag Parikh.
Parikh was a veteran stock-picker and behavioural investment guru.

6.    Who has been appointed as the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?
Mohammed bin Nayef.
He is the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia. He is also the chairman of the new Council for Political and Security Affairs.

7.    Name the new web browser developed by Microsoft which replaced Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10?
Microsoft Edge.
Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 for smartphones and small tablets. Unlike other browsers, Edge is exclusive to Windows 10 and cannot be used on previous Windows versions. Microsoft Edge is designed to be a lightweight web browser with a layout engine built around web standards.

8.    Senior IPS officer who took over as the new chief of central paramilitary force CISF on May1, 2015?
Surender Singh.

9.    Actor and producer who has been appointed as the Chairman of Children's Film Society, India?
Mukesh Khanna.

10.    Name the indigenously- developed short range supersonic surface-to-air missile which was inducted into the Indian Army on May 5, 2015?

11.    Who was re-elected as the President of Kazakhstan?
Nursultan Nazarbayev.

12.    Senior Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader and Federal Minister for Railways who has been disqualified an election tribunal for vote rigging in 2013 general elections?
Mr. Khawaja Saad Rafique.

13.    South African-born former England Test cricketer who has announced his retirement from international cricket following the series against West Indies in 2015?
Jonathan Trott.

14.    Bollywood actor who has been sentenced to five years in jail, almost 13 years after he killed a man sleeping on a sidewalk in Mumbai and injured four others by running them over with his SUV?
Salman Khan.
    He was held guilty of all eight charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

15.    On May 6, 2015 the Lok Sabha has passed the much awaited Constitutional (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014. The bill is related with:
Goods and Services Tax (GST).

    The Lok Sabha passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill that will bring in the goods and services tax (GST), a single indirect tax that will come in place of a number of central- and state-level taxes and levies.
    Following are some salient features of the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill:
    Insertion of new Article 246A conferring simultaneous power to the Union and the     State legislatures to legislate on GST.
    Insertion of new Article 279A for the creation of a Goods & Services Tax Council, which will be a joint forum of the Centre and the States. This Council would function under the Chairmanship of the Union Finance Minister.

16.    Name the bill passed on 7 May 2015 by the Lok Sabha which paves the way for children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes?
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.
 It aims to replace existing the Indian delinquency law, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, so that juveniles in conflict with Law in the age group of 16–18, involved in Heinous Offences, can be tried as adults.

17.    Which amendment of the Indian Constitution allows the operationalisation of the 1974 India-Bangladesh Land Boundary agreement?
119th Amendment.
This is the 100th Constitutional amendment passed by Parliament. As per the agreement, India will get 510 acres while Bangladesh will get 10,000 acres.

18.    Former Egyptian President who has been sentenced to three years in jail on corruption charges after a retrial in the capital, Cairo?
Hosni Mubarak.
His sons were given four years each in the same case which centres on the embezzlement of $14m (£9.3m) earmarked for renovation of presidential palaces.

19.    Which country has been declared as free of the Ebola virus by The World Health Organization (WHO), confirming that the country has had no new cases in 42 days?

20.     Who won the Spanish Grand Prix -2015?
 Nico Rosberg.

21.    Name the powerful tropical cyclone which hit the north-east Philippines in May 2015?
Typhoon Noul.
Typhoon Noul is known in the Philippines as Typhoon Dodong.

22.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the two test cricket matches between Pakistan and West Indies held in Bangladesh in 2015?
Azhar Ali (Pakistan).
Series - Pakistan won the 2-match series 1-0.

23.    Name the politician who was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in May 2015 in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case?

24.    Who won the Madrid Open Men’s Tennis title-2015 defeating Rafael Nadal in the final?
    Andy Murray.

25.    Retired Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete who has announced his retirement from competitive running May 10, 2015?
Haile Gebrselassie.
 He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.

26.    Which pair won the Madrid Open Men’s Doubles Title-2015?
Rohan Bopanna (India) and Florin Mergea (Romania).
They defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski in the finals.

27.    Which party won the majority in the recent general election held in Britain?
The Conservative Party.
 It is the majority party in the House of Commons, having won 330 seats at the 2015 general election.

28.    Name the Bangladeshi blogger-activist who was murdered in Bangladesh in May 2015?
Ananta Bijoy Das.
He becomes the third atheist murdered in the country in four months. Das was an activist for the Gonojogoron Moncho (national awakening) movement that is campaigning for a secular Bangladesh. Bloggers Washiqur Rahman and Avijit Roy were murdered in similar attacks in March and February respectively.

29.    International Yoga Day, or Yoga Day is celebrated on?
 June 21.
International Yoga Day, or Yoga Day, is celebrated on June 21 and was declared so by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.

30.     Who has been renominated as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC)?
PAC is one of the most important finance committees along with the Committee on Estimates and the Committee on Public Undertakings.

31.    Name the Social Welfare Schemes launched by Prime minister on 9 May 2015:
    Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (for Accidental Death and Disability), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan       Jyoti Bima Yojana (for life insurance) and Atal PensionYojna (for pension). These schemes would be come in effect from 1 June 2015.
    Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:
    Eligibility: Available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank account.
    Premium:  Rs 12 per annum.
  Payment Mode: The premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank from the  subscribers                       account.This is the only mode available.
    Risk Coverage:  For accidental death and full disability – Rs 2 Lakh and for partial     disability – Rs 1 Lakh.
    Eligibility: Any person having a bank account and Aadhaar number linked to the bank account can give a simple form to the bank every year before 1st of June in order to join the scheme. Name of nominee to be given in the form.
    Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana:
    Eligibility: Available to people in the age group of 18 to 50 and having a bank account. Premium:  Rs 330 per annum. It will be auto-debited in one installment.
    Payment Mode:The payment of premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank     from the subscribers account.
    Risk Coverage: Rs. 2 Lakh in case of death for any reason.
    Atal Pension Yojna (APY)
Eligibility for APY:  Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is open to all bank account holders who are not members of any statutory social security scheme.
    Age of joining and contribution period:  The minimum age of joining APY is 18 years  and maximum age is 40 years. One needs to contribute till one attains 60 years of age. Under the Atal Pension Yojna Scheme (APY), the subscribers, under the age of 40, would receive the fixed monthly pension of Rs. 1000 to Rs 5000 at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions.
32.    Who has been appointed as the first president of USD 100 billion BRICS bank?
K V Kamath.
He is the chief of the New Development Bank of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa); he has served as the chairman of Infosys Limited, the second-largest Indian IT services company, and as the Non-Executive Chairman of ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank. Kamath also served as ICICI Bank's managing director and CEO from 1 May 1996 until his retirement from executive responsibilities on 30 April 2009.

33.    A strategically important new Naval base which was commissioned in Porbandar on May 9, 2015?
 INS Sardar Patel.

34.    Who has been appointed as the Election Commissioner of India on May 7, 2015?
Achal Kumar Jyoti.

35.    Men’s sprint relay team of which country was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics as a result of Tyson Gay’s doping case?
The International Olympic Committee notified the United States Olympic Committee by letter that the 4x100-meter relay team had been disqualified and all its medals withdrawn. Gay returned his own medal last year after accepting a one-year doping suspension

36.    Former President of Egypt who has been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Islamists to power for the first time in Egypt?
Mohamed Morsi.

37.    Southampton forward who has scored the fastest ever hat trick in just 2 minutes and 56 seconds in the history of English Premier League?
Sadio Mane .
Sadio Mane completed the fastest hat-trick in English Premier League history for Southampton against Aston Villa. Mane smashed the record previously held by Liverpool's Robbie Fowler who scored his treble in 4 minutes 33 seconds against Arsenal in August 1994.

38.    India and China signed 24 deals worth over $10 billion on May 15, 2015 in key sectors, including in railways and education?
India and China.

39.    The "King of the Blues", guitarist and singer, known for his hits “My Lucille”, “Sweet Little Angel” and “Rock Me Baby” passed away on May 14, 2015?
Riley B. King), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" along with Albert and Freddie.

40.    Who won the Italian open Men’s single Title-2015?
Novak Djokovic.
He defeated Roger Federer in the final.

41.    Who won the Italian open Women’s single Title-2015 defeating Carla Suarez Navarro in the final?
Maria Sharapova.
42.    Which club won the French 1 League Cup-2015?
Paris Saint-Germain.

43.    The wicketkeeper-batsman of Australia who retired from One Day International Cricket on 17 May 2015?
Brad Haddin.
    He was a member of the Australian World cup winning squad at the 2015 Cricket     World Cup. He played 126 ODIs after debuting in January 2001 against Zimbabwe.     For Australia, Haddin's tally of 181 dismissals places him behind only Gilchrist (472)     and Ian Healy (233) in ODIs, and 13th worldwide. His 3,122 runs places him 18th on     Australia's all-time ODI run-scorers list.

44.    Which club won the Spanish La Liga title-2015?
Barcelona won the Spanish La Liga title for the 23rd time.

45.    Which club is the winner of the 2014–15 Copa del Rey?
The match was the 113th edition of the Copa del Rey, Spain's primary football cup. It was played between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. Barcelona won the match 3–1, and they achieved their record 27th title.

46.    Retired tennis player who was sentenced to six years in a South African prison on May 18, 2015 after being convicted on charges of sexual assault and rape?
Bob Hewitt.

47.    Name the Indian nurse who was at the centre of attention in a court case on euthanasia after spending 42 years in a vegetative state as a result of sexual assault, passed away on May 18, 2015?
    Aruna Shanbaug.
        In 1973, while working as a junior nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital,     Parel, Mumbai, Shanbaug was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha     Walmiki, and remained in a vegetative state following the assault. On 24 January     2011, after she had been in this state for 37 years, the Supreme Court of India     responded to the plea for euthanasia filed by Aruna's friend, journalist Pinki Virani,     by setting up a medical panel to examine her. The court rejected the petition on 7     March 2011. However, in its landmark opinion, it allowed passive euthanasia in India.     Shanbaug died from pneumonia on 18 May 2015 after being in a persistent vegetative     state for nearly 42 years.

48.    Extreme athlete who died after attempting a night time BASE jump in the Yosemite National Park on May 16, 2015?

Dean Potter.
He was an American free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper, BASEliner, and highliner. He was noted for hard first ascents, free solo ascents, speed ascents, and enchainments in Yosemite National Park and Patagonia. On May 16, 2015, Potter and his friend Graham Hunt were killed while attempting an illegal proximity wingsuit flight from Taft Point above Yosemite Valley.

49.    Which countries signed seven agreements including on avoidance of double taxation on May 18, 2015?
India and South Korea.
South Korea decided to provide USD 10 billion to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways, power generation and other diversified areas as the two countries agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to a "Special Strategic Partnership".

50.    Who has been appointed as acting Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)?
      Justice Cyriac Joseph.

51.    Which club won the 2014–15 Primeira Liga/ Portuguese league?

52.    Defence Minister of North Korea who has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un?
Hyon Yong-chol.
    North Korea's defence minister has been publicly executed with an anti-aircraft gun      for falling asleep during military meetings and answering back to leader Kim Jong- Un.

53.    Celebrated writer , many of whose books had been made into cult Bengali films including "Dahan", passed away on May 12, 2015?
Suchitra Bhattacharya.
Suchitra penned over 20 novels, including Dahan, Kachher Manush, Hemonter Pakhi, Alik Sukh, most turning into bestsellers in Bengali literature.

54.    New Governors of Jharkhand, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur:
Jharkhand-Droupadi Murmu.
He was the former minister of Odisha.
Tripura- Tathagata Roy.
He was the former president of the BJP’s West Bengal unit from 2002 to 2006 and member of the party’s national executive
Arunachal Pradesh- J.P. Rajkhowa.
Meghalaya: V. Shanmuganathan.
Mizoram: Lieutenant General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.
Manipur: Syed Ahmed.

55.    The Supreme Court banned the photos of Chief Ministers, Ministers and other political leaders in public advertisement. As per the new guidelines issued by the Apex court, the government can only carry pictures of?
President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India (CJI).
The court asked the government to form three-member team to regulate advertisements. The court said that the public advertisements issued by central government cannot have the photos of CMs, Union or State ministers and other political leaders.

56.    Which country topped the medal table of the first  Asian Youth Athletics Championships held in Doha, Qatar from 8–11 May 2015?
China(16 Gold, 11 Silver, 5 Bronze).
Chinese Taipei (Gold 4, Bronze 1).
India won 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze. The 2015 Asian Youth Athletics Championships was the first edition of the biennial, continental athletics competition for Asian athletes aged fifteen to seventeen.

57.    Who is the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize?
    Laszlo Krasznahorkai.
    Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Hungarian writer has been declared as the winner of the sixth     Man Booker International Prize. He became the first author from Hungary to receive     the Man Booker award in 2015. The prize was given to recognise his "achievement in     fiction on the world stage".
    The Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000, is awarded for an achievement in fiction on the world stage.  It is presented once every two years to a living author for a body of work published either originally in English or available in translation in the English language. It has previously been awarded to Ismail Kadare in 2005, Chinua Achebe in 2007, Alice Munro in 2009, Philip Roth in 2011, and Lydia Davis in 2013.

58.    Which players have been selected as the Players of the series in the two test cricket matches between New Zealand and England held in England in May 2015?
Trent Boult (New Zealand) and Alister Cook (England).
Series - 2-match series drawn 1-1.

59.     Who has been appointed the new defence secretary of India with fixed two-year tenure?
G. Mohan Kumar.

60.    Which club is the winner of the 2014–15 Coppa Italia?
The match was played on 20 May 2015 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, between Juventus and Lazio. Juventus emerged victorious with a 2–1 win in extra time for a record tenth title.

61.    Chelsea manager who was named the English Premier League (EPL) Manager of the Season (2014-2015) after his side won the league and Capital One Cup?
Jose Mourinho.

62.    American mathematician with who shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi, killed in a car crash on May 23, 2015?

John F. Nash Jr.
Nash is best known for the Nash Equilibrium, a 27-page thesis on the subject of game theory that won him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences in 1994. His work in mathematics includes the Nash Embedding Theorem, the Nash Functions and the Nash-Moser Theorem. In 1978, he was awarded the John von Neumann Theory prize for the Nash Equilibrium.  In 2015, he was awarded the Abel Prize for his work on nonlinear partial differential equations.
    In 1959, Nash began showing clear signs of mental illness, and spent several years at psychiatric hospitals being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. His struggles with his illness and his recovery became the basis for Sylvia Nasar's biography, A Beautiful Mind, as well as a film of the same name starring Russell Crowe.

63.    Who won the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix?
Nico Rosberg.

64.    Former Prime Minister of |Israel who has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman?
Ehud Olmert.

65.    Which franchise won the Indian Premiere League-2015(IPL 2015) defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final held in Eden Gardens?
Mumbai Indians.(MI).

66.    Complete list of winners of CAN FILM FESTIVAL -2015:
    Palme d’Or: “Dheepan,” Jacques Audiard
    Grand Prix: “Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes
    Prix du Jury: “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos
    Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, “The Assassin”
    Best Screenplay: “Chronic,” Michel Franco
    Camera d’Or (Best First Feature): “La Tierra y la Sombra” (“Land and Shade”), Cesar Augusto Acevedo
    Best Actor: Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”
    Best Actress: (tie) Rooney Mara, “Carol,” and Emmanuelle Bercot, “Mon Roi”
    Palme d’Or, Short Film: “Waves 98,” Ely Dagher

67.    Who has been appointed as the new coach of England Cricket Team?
 Trevor Bayliss .

68.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 3 ODI cricket matches between Pakistan and Zimbabwe held in Pakistan in May 2015?
Azhar Ali (Pakistan).

69.    Which club won the 2015 UEFA Europa League?
It was played at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on 27 May 2015, between Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and the title holders, Spanish side Sevilla. Sevilla won the match 3–2 for a record fourth title.

70.    Scientists may have cracked the world's oldest murder mystery, after they found evidence of the earliest known homicide in a 4,30,000 year old human skull found in the archaeological site of the “Sima de los Huesos”. The site is located in which country?
The site is located deep within an underground cave system and contains the skeletal remains of at least 28 individuals that date to around 4,30,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene time period. The only access to the site is through a 13-metre deep vertical shaft, and how the human bodies arrived there remains a mystery.

71.    Which country tops the World’s hunger list with 194 million people, surpassing China, according to United Nations annual hunger report?

72.    Who has been appointed as the 31st Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of India?
Pradeep Kumar Sinha.
He will succeed Ajit Seth who has been holding the position for the last four years.

73.    Who became the first England bowler to reach 400 Test wickets?
James Anderson.
He achieved this feat on day one of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingly. He is the 12th player in history to reach 400 Test wickets.

74.    Who has been re elected as FIFA president for the fifth term?
Sepp Blatter.
He defeated his rival, the Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein in the contest. Out of the 206 valid votes, Blatter got 133 while Ali obtained 73 as neither candidate was able to obtain the two-thirds majority for an outright win.

75.    Who has been nominated as the first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University?
Professor Louise Richardson.
    Professor Richardson, who is principal of the University of St Andrews, will become     the 272nd vice-chancellor of Oxford when she takes up the role in January, 2016. She     will replace Professor Andrew Hamilton, who is leaving before the end of his     allocated seven-year term to become president of New York University.

76.    Who is sworn in as the new president of Nigeria on 29 May 2015?
Muhammadu Buhari.
He is a retired Nigerian Army major general and was Head of State of Nigeria from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

77.    The Union cabinet on May 30, 2015 gave its go-ahead for the re-promulgation of an ordinance that makes it easier to acquire land for key economic projects. The name of the ordinance is?
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

78.    The football Association of which country has been suspended by football's world governing body FIFA because of government meddling in the Southeast Asian country's domestic league?
The ban means Indonesia will be ineligible to compete in the next round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup, starting on June 11, unless they meet FIFA's demands.

79.    The former Manchester United and England defender who announced his retirement from professional football on May 30, 2015?
Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand played 81 times for England and was in the squads for the 1998, 2002, 2006 and the 2010 World Cups.

80.    Former Foreign Minister of Singapore who has been appointed as the new Chancellor of the Nalanda University?
George Yeo.
    The decision came over two months after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen withdrew his     candidature to the post for a second term.

81.    Which club won the 2015 FA Cup defeating Aston Villa in the final?
The 2015 FA Cup Final was the 134th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition.

82.    Which club won the Kings Cup-2015 (The Spanish Copa del Rey) defeating Athletic Bilbao?

83.    Which cricketer has become England’s record run scorer in Test cricket, surpassing the 8900 scored by Graham Gooch in his 118-match career?
Alastair Cook.
Gooch’s 8,900 had stood for 20 years as England’s historic benchmark. The England skipper surpassed Gooch’s record in his 114th Test match, making his runs at an average of 46.82.
He breaks the record on the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley when he reached 33 in his 203rd innings.

84.    A documentary based on music maestro’s life was screened at the White House on May 29, 2015. Who is that music director?
The documentary named “Jaiho”, directed by Umesh Aggarwal, traces the journey of the     Oscar and Grammy-winning music composer's professional and personal life.

85.    Which club clinched their maiden I-League title and their first domestic championship in 13 years after managing a 1-1 draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC?
Mohun Bagan.

86.    Which states will host the 12th South Asian Federation (SAF) Games?
Assam and Meghalaya.
The 12th South Asian Games will be held in Guwahati and Shillong from December 10 to 20.

87.    Doordarshan's farmer-centric channel which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26, 2015?
DD Kisan.
The channel has been dedicated to agriculture and allied sectors, which disseminates real-time inputs to farmers on new farming techniques, water conservation and organic farming among other information.

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