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Monday, 14 December 2015


1.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the three test Cricket matches played between India and Sri Lanka held in Sri Lanka in September 2015?
Ravichandran Ashwin (India).
Series - India won the 3-match series 2-1.

2.    Which Bollywood director and his production house have been fined for Rs.10 lakh by the Delhi High Court for making the remake of 1975 blockbuster 'Sholay'?
Ram Gopal Varma.

3.    Which country claimed a historic series win in Sri Lanka after 22 long years beating the hosts in third Test by 117 runs?
 This is Virat Kohli’s first series win as captain and India have won an away series after a long time.

4.    Indian-origin football manager and a former Bayern Leverkusen manager who has been appointed as the sports director of the German football federation (DFB)?
Robin Dutt.
Dutt has been appointed as the sports director of Deutsche Fussball Bund (DFB).

5.    Spearhead of Indian bowling line-up who entered the 200 Test wicket club against Sri Lanka in the 3rd and final Test?
Ishant Sharma.

6.    Philanthropist and Indian-American entrepreneur who has been awarded with” Pride of India” award by the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI)?
 Frank Islam.

7.    The world's shortest man who passed away in the island of American Samoa in the Pacific on September 3, 3015?
Chandra Bahadur Dangi.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi was the shortest man in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence, measuring 54.6 cm (1 ft 9 1⁄2 in). Dangi was a primordial dwarf. He broke the record of Gul Mohammed (1957–97), whose height was 57 cm (1 ft 10 in).

8.    On 5 September 2015 the NDA Government, following 83 days of public protest, announced, unilaterally, the implementation of a scheme for the Armed Forces. Which is that scheme?
One Rank One Pension.
    One Rank One Pension (OROP), or "same pension, for same rank, for same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement"  was decided as the basis for determining the pension and benefits of Indian Armed Forces in 1973, when it was terminated by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD), in an "ex-parte" decision, during the tenure of the Indian National Congress (INC) led by Indira Gandhi. The     termination of OROP, and drastic decrease in Armed Forces soldiers' pension from 70 percent to 50 percent of last pay drawn, two years after 1971 Bangladesh war, caused  disquiet in the Indian Armed Forces and, since 2008, has been cause of public appeals   and protests, 2 and hunger strikes by armed forces veterans, the overwhelming     majority of whom retire before they are forty years old.
        The scheme will be effective from July 1, 2014 with arrears that will be paid in four half yearly instalments. Widows and war widows will get arrears in a single instalment.

9.    Bollywood singer-composer Aadesh Shrivastava, who composed music for hit films like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham”, passed away on September 5, 2015?
Aadesh Shrivasthava.
Srivastava was undergoing treatment for cancer for the last five years. In a career spanning 22 years, Mr. Shrivastava scored music for over 100 Hindi films including hits like Aziz Mirza’s Shahrukh Khan-starrer Chalte Chalte, Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Baghban, Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti. He composed Hori Khele Raghubeera, a popular Holi song sung by Mr. Bachchan.

10.    Allrounder who has replaced wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin as the captain of the West Indies Test team in September 2015?
Jason Holder.

11.    The West African nation which was declared free of Ebola Virus by World Health Organisation on September 3, 2015?

12.    After a gap of over three decades, the Tamil lawmaker who has become the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament?
A. Amirthalingam.

13.     Ghana football legend who became the first coach to lead the Ghana national football team to an Africa Cup of Nations victory, passed away on September 1, 2015?
Charles Kumi Gyamfi.
Gyamfi was the first African player to play in Germany when he joined Fortuna Düsseldorf football club in 1960. As a coach, he won the Africa Cup of Nations three times with Ghana in 1963, 1965 and 1982, making him the most successful African national team coach.

14.    Name the three-year-old Syrian boy of Kurdish ethnic background whose image made global headlines after he drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the Syrian refugee crisis?

Alan Kurdi.
Photographs of his body were taken by Turkish journalist Nilufer Demir and quickly spread around the world, prompting international responses.

15.    Former Sri Lankan captain who resigned from the post of chief coach of the national cricket team following their recent 1-2 Test series defeat against India?
Marvan Atapattu.

16.    Who is the Acting President of Guatemala, following the Congress of Guatemala's acceptance of the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina on September 3, 2015?
Alejandro Maldonado.

17.    Former Goa Chief Minister who held the post three times, passed away on September 4, 2015?
Wilfred de Souza.
He represented Goa Rajiv Congress (a breakaway faction of Indian National Congress) during his third tenure.

18.    Indian-American associate professor who has been named for the 2015 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award for demonstrating special dedication and creativity in her teaching?
Preethika Kumar.

19.    Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner who has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal?
Jhumpa Lahiri.
Her debut short story collection 'Interpreter of Maladies' won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and her book 'The Lowland' was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize.

20.    India has won the top UNESCO prize ‘Award of Excellence’ 2015 for the remarkable conservation efforts of a majestic Temple in Kerala. Which is that temple?
Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple.

21.    Which country captured the men’s Under-23 World Volleyball Championship title defeating Turkey 3-1 in the final at Al Nasr Hall in Dubai?

22.    Name the spacecraft which was blasted off on September 2, 2015 for a two-day trip to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan?
Soyuz spacecraft.
The three crew members of soyuz are Sergey Volkov, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency.

23.    Who has become just the sixth batsman, and first England player, to be given out obstructing the field in a one-day international?
Ben Stokes.
Stokes became only the seventh player in the history of international cricket to be adjudged out for obstructing the field, as Australia beat England by 65 runs at Lord's to move to a 2-0 lead in their one-day series.

24.    Australia all-rounder who has retired from Test cricket after a calf injury cut short his involvement in the tour of England?
Shane Watson.
He played in 59 Test matches, scoring 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68. Having made his debut in 2005, he has played in five Ashes series, including this summer's 3-2 defeat by England.

25.    Acclaimed Malayalam short story writer who has been selected for this year's Mathrubhumi Literary Award (2015)?
T. Padmanabhan.
The award comprises a purse of Rs 2 lakh, sculpture and a citation.

26.    Which club have been crowned Club of the Year for their treble-winning efforts in 2014-15 by the European Club Association (ECA)?

27.    Which business tycoon has bought the iconic Jatia House in the plush Malabar Hill area for Rs 425 crore?
Kumar Mangalam Birla. (Aditya Birla Group chairman).
Built in the 1920s, Jatia House belongs to the Pudumjee group. The 2,900- sq-ft plot, with 25,000 sq ft of built-up area, was put on sale three months ago by its current owners.

28.    The wicketkeeper-batsman of Australia who announced his retirement from international cricket on September 9, 2015?
Brad Haddin.
Haddin's 270 dismissals as a wicketkeeper sits behind only Gilchrist (416), Healy (395) and Marsh (355) for Australia, while his 3,266 runs at 32.98 place him fourth on the list after the same trio.

29.    Who has been named DRDO's first woman Director General?
J. Manjula.
Ms. Manjula has been conferred the DRDO award for performance excellence, the Scientist of the Year award for 2011 and the India Today Woman Summit award for 2014.

30.    Who surpasses Queen Victoria's record as the UK's longest serving monarch?
Queen Elizabeth II.

31.    Nine-year-old Indian-origin boy who has been crowned champion of the first 'The Great Australian Spelling Bee' contest (2015), winning a 50,000 dollars scholarship?
Anirudh Kathirvel.

32.    Who was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) for 2015-16?
Shashidhar Sinha.He is the CEO of IPG Mediabrands.

33.    Venezuelan opposition leader who has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison inciting violence in his role as the leader of a 2014 protest movement?
Leopoldo Lopez.

34.    Who took his undefeated career to a record-equalling 49-0 by easing to a routine victory over Andre Berto in Las Vegas?
Floyd Mayweather.

35.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 5 match ODI cricket series between Australia and England held in England in September, 2015?
Mitchell Marsh (Australia).
Series - Australia won the 5-match series 3-2.

36.    Who became the first Italian to win US Open Grand Slam title?
Flavia Pennetta (Italy).
It was also her maiden US Grand Slam title.

37.  U.S.OPEN WINNERS-2015:

    U.S Open Men’s Singles-2015:
    Winner: Novak Djokovic of Serbia. He defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland in the

    U.S Open Women’s Singles-2015:
    Winner: Flavia Pennetta (Italy). She defeated Roberta Vinci (Italy) in the final

    U.S Open Men’s Doubles-2015:
   Winners: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (France). They defeated Jamie Murray (United      Kingdom) and John Peers (Australia) in the final.

    U.S Open Women’s Doubles-2015:
    Winners: Sania Mirza (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
    In the final match, they defeated, Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan).

    U.S Open Mixed Doubles-2015:
    Winners: Leander Paes (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland).
    In the final match, they defeated, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey (USA)

38.    Who became the oldest first-time grand slam champion in the Open Era?
Flavia Pennetta (Italy).
The Italian was the oldest first-time finalist in Grand Slam history (33 years, 6 months). Vinci was second (32 years, 6 months). That, of course, makes Pennetta the oldest first-time winner in tennis history.

39.    Which Hindu-majority nation will remain secular as the constituent assembly rejected the proposal to declare Hindu nation?

40.    Who is elected as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia?
Malcolm Turnbull.

41.    According to the assessment report released by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with the World Bank, which state ranked as the most business-friendly state in India?

42.    Pune-based business tycoon who has bagged the iconic Lincoln House in Mumbai for a staggering price of Rs 750 crore?
Cyrus Poonawalla.

43.    Chinese badminton legend who won the men's singles title-2015 at the Japan Open final with a victory over Viktor Axelsen of Denmark?
Lin Dan.

44.    Who have been ranked as top two in a list of most powerful women in Asia-Pacific prepared by the global magazine Fortune?
Chanda Kochhar and Arundhati Bhattacharya.
Kochhar, who heads the country’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank, has been ranked at the top. She is followed by Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India.

45.    Who is the first person of Indian origin to be elected mayor in a major German city?
Ashok Sridharan.
Ashok Sridharan, a mayoral candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has comprehensively won the election in the former German capital of Bonn.

46.    Which countries on 15 September 2015 exchanged four agreements in various fields including medicare facilities?
India and Sri Lanka.

47.    Which Naga rebel group has been banned for five years by the central government on September 16, 2015?
National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang).

48.    Name the 15-year-old Indian-American teen who has been selected by the White House for the prestigious Champions of Change award for empowering the community by imparting Internet coding through her non-profit organisation?
Swetha Prabhakaran.
She is the founder CEO of “Everybody Code Now!” started   to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

49.    Name the Australian boxer who has died four days after being knocked unconscious during a regional title fight in Sydney?
Davey Browne Jr.
Davey Browne Jr was knocked out by Carlo Magali of the Philippines towards the end of a 12-round IBF super-featherweight contest

50.    One of the world's most famous football supporters and most famous fan of
the Brazilian national team, passed away recently?
Clovis Acosta Fernandes.
Fernandes, also known as 'Gaucho da Copa attended more than 150 of the Brazil team's matches in over 60 different countries and seven different World Cup finals. He gained further popularity when an image of him was shared widely on social media following Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of last year's World Cup.

51.    Former England and Yorkshire cricket captain and youngest cricketer to have played a Test for England, passed away on September 13, 2015?
Brian Close.
Close was the youngest person ever to play Test cricket for England after making his debut against New Zealand in 1949 as an 18-year-old.

52.    President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket Association of Bengal, passed away on September 20, 2015?
Jagmohan Dalmiya.
He had previously served as the President of the International Cricket Council. It was during Dalmiya and Bindra's tenures in the BCCI that the television rights for matches played in India were first sold to private television channels. After the successful conduct of the 1996 World Cup, Dalmiya was elected ICC president in 1997 and served in the role until 2000, after which he was elected BCCI president for the first time in 2001.

53.    Who won the 55th National Open Athletics Championship held in Kolkata?

54.    Best-selling English author who wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, passed away on September 19, 2015?
Jackie Collins.
    Collins' first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968. Her famous works are The Stud (1969), Sunday Simmons And Charlie Brick (1971), Love head (1974), The World Is Full Of Divorced Women (1975), Lovers And Gamblers (1977), The Bitch (1979), Rock Star (1988), American Star (1993), Thrill (1998), Lovers And Players (2006), Married Lovers (2008), Poor Little Bitch Girl (2009), The Power Trip (2012).

55.    Renowned Malayalam playback singer who sung in around 70 Malayalam films including, 'Guru', 'Ottayal Pattalam' and 'Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam, passed away on September 20, 2015?
Radhika Thilak.
Some of her noted songs include "Arunakirana deepam", "Deva sangeetham", "Maya manchalil", "Kaithapoo manam", "Thiruvathira thira nokkiya", "Ente ulludukkum kotti" and "Ninte kannil"

56.    Independent India’s first visually-challenged MP who passed away on September 19, 2015?
Sadhan Gupta.
    In 1953, the CPI (M) leader became India’s first visually-challenged Parliamentarian when he won from the Kolkata south-east constituency. He was re-elected to Parliament for the second consecutive term and remained an MP till 1962. Later on in 1986, he became the first visually-challenged Advocate General of West Bengal.Mr. Gupta was also the founder-president of the National Federation of the Blind and the first president of the Indian chapter of Disabled Peoples’ International.

    Comedy Series: "Veep"
    Drama Series: "Game of Thrones"
    Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
    Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
    Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, "Mom"
    Comedy Series Writing: Simon Blackwell, Amando Iannucci, Tony Roche, "Veep"
    Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
    Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale, "Veep"
    Comedy Series Directing: Jill Soloway, "Transparent"
    Reality Competition: "The Voice"
    Writing in a Limited Series/Movie: Jane Anderson, "Olive Kitteridge"
    Directing in a Limited Series/Movie: Lisa Cholodenko, "Olive Kitteridge"
    Directing in a Drama Series: David Nutter, "Game of Thrones"
    Supporting Actress In A Limited Series/Movie: Regina King, "American Crime"
    Lead Actor in a Limited Series/Movie: Richard Jenkins, "Olive Kitteridge"
    Limited Series: "Olive Kitteridge"
    Variety Series Writing: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
    Variety Series Directing: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
    Variety Talk Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
    Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Movie: Bill Murray - "Olive Kitteridge"
    Lead Actress in a Limited Series/Movie: Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
    Variety Sketch Series: "Inside Amy Schumer"
    Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, "Game of Thrones"
    Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
    Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, "Game of Thrones".

58.    Who becomes the first African American to win the Emmy award for best actress in a drama series?
Viola Davis.

59.    Scientists recently decently discovered a global ocean beneath the icy crust of a moon of Saturn. Name that moon of Saturn?
The Cassini spacecraft began orbiting the Saturn system in 2004, weaving in and     among its many moons, and, in 2006; Cassini sent startling images back to Earth     showing Enceladus spewing water vapour and ice from fractures at its South Pole.

60.    The first heart transplant surgery in a Government hospital in Kerala was successfully done at the Medical College hospital on September 15, 2015. Which is that medical college?
Medical College, Kottayam.

61.    Who won Formula One Singapore Grant Prix 2015?
Sebastian Vettel.

62.    First post office savings bank ATM of Kerala was started in?
General Post Office, Thiruvananthapuram.

63.    Which Chinese city has been confirmed as the host of the 2022 Asian Games after standing as the only candidate?
Hangzhou will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games, after Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010.

64.    Volkswagen CEO who resigned on September 23, 2015, taking responsibility for the German carmaker’s rigging of U.S. emissions tests in the biggest scandal in its 78-year history?
Martin Winterkorn.
The world's biggest carmaker admitted last week that it deceived US regulators in exhaust emissions tests by installing a device to give more positive results.

65.    Writer and rationalist who has been chosen for the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi’s annual honorary award for Lifetime Achievement for the year 2013?
The other four personalities chosen for the Lifetime Achievement for the year 2013 are B.N. Sumitra Bai, Mogalli Ganesh, Rajendra Chenni and Rahamat Tarikere.

66.    Hall of Fame catcher and baseball icon who passed away on September 22, 2015?
Yogi Berra.
He was an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–63, 1965). He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. Widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, Berra was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

67.    Former India footballer and member of the 1962 Asian Games’ gold medal-winning squad who passed away on September 22, 2015?
Prashanta Sinha.
    A left-half, he was best known for being an integral part of India’s best-ever ‘Class of  62’ that won the gold medal at the Asian Games under Syed Rahim’s coaching.

68.    Former India captain who was appointed the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)?
Sourav Ganguly.

69.    Who remains India’s richest person for the ninth consecutive year with a net worth of US$18.9 billion, according to the latest Forbes India Rich List published in September 2015?
Mukesh Ambani.
Pharma magnate Dilip Shanghvi remains at No. 2 with a net worth of $18 billion.

70.    Senior diplomat who has been appointed India's next Ambassador to Iraq, succeeding Ajay Kumar?
George Raju.

71.    Who won 14th World title at the 2015 IBSF World Billiards Championship?
Pankaj Adwani.
Ace cueist Pankaj Advani won the IBSF World Snooker Championship after defeating his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final at Hurghada (Egypt).

72.    Who won Japanese Grand Prix Formula One Champoionship-2015?
Lewis Hamilton.

73.    The former England fast bowler, and renowned as one of the quickest to have ever played the game, passed away on September 27, 2015 in Australia?
Frank Tyson.
Earning the nickname 'Typhoon' for his extreme pace, Tyson played 17 Tests for England between 1954 and 1959, taking 76 wickets at an average of 18.56. His demanding action put huge strain on his body and he retired at the age of 30. One of Tyson's most memorable performances came in the 1954-55 Ashes in Australia, in which he picked up 28 wickets in five Tests, at an average of 20.82, helping England achieve a 3-1 win.

74.    A handwritten letter in which English naturalist confesses that he does not believe in Bible as a divine revelation or Jesus Christ as the son of God has fetched a whopping USD 197,000 at an auction in New York. Who is that English Naturalist?
Charles Darwin.
The letter which went under the hammer at Bonhams on September 21, 2015 sold for USD 197,000 - more than twice its estimate of USD 90,000.

75.    Name the first astronomy satellite of India which was successfully launched by ISRO on September 28, 2015   eleven years after the government cleared the project?
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) carrying Astrosat and six other satellites lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. In around 25 minutes after liftoff, PSLV-C30 injected Astrosat and other satellites- four US nano satellites, a microsatellite from Indonesia a nanosatellite from Canada - into their respective orbits. This is the first time India is launching a US satellite.

76.    Manipur governor who passed away on September 27, 2015?
Dr. Syed Ahmed.
   Ahmed was sworn in as the governor of Manipur on May 16, 2015. A former congress leader from Maharashtra, Ahmed was shifted to Manipur from Jharkhand, where he had been the governor from August 26, 2011. He had written an autobiography titled 'Pagdandi se Shahar Tak'. 'Maktal se Manzil', 'Kafas se Chaman' and 'Jange-Azaadi Me Urdu Shayari' were his other works.

77.    Who was sworn in as the 17th Governor of Manipur on September 30, 2015?
V. Shanmuganathan.
Meghalaya Governor, V. Shanmuganathan has been given additional charge of Manipur after the demise of incumbent Syed Ahmed.

78.    Who has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 SASTRA-Ramanujan Prize for his contribution in the field of Mathematics?
Jacob Tsimerman.
Jacob Tsimerman of the University of Toronto, Canada is one of the few mathematicians to have complete mastery over two very different areas of mathematics - analytic number theory and algebraic geometry.

79.    Complete list of winners of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award-2015:
        The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB) is a     science award in India given annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial     Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in     biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and     Physics. The Ministry of Science and Technology announced 11 awards in     seven different fields.
    Here is the complete list of winners of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award-2015
Bedangadas Mohanty and Mandar Madhukar Deshmukh- Physical Sciences
Balasubramanian Gopal and Rajeev Kumar Varshney-Biological Sciences.
Pradyut Ghosh-Chemical Sciences.
Vidita Ashok Vaidya –Medical Sciences.
K.Sandeep and Ritabrata Munshi- Mathematical Sciences.
Yogesh Moreshwar Joshi-Engineering Sciences.
D Srinivasa Reddy-chemical Sciences.
Jyotiranjan Srichandan -Ray- Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.

80.    Bayern Munich striker who has entered the record books with the quickest hat-trick in Bundesliga history?
Robert Lewandowski.
 The Poland striker came on after the break and stunned Wolfsburg with three goals in four minutes. He struck twice more in the next five minutes, including a spectacular volley for the fastest five-goal haul in the Bundesliga's 52-year history.

81.    Rear Admiral who took charge as Flag Officer Submarines on 25 September 2015?
Sanjay Mahindru.

82.    Which pair won Guangzhou Open Women’s Doubles Tennis itle-2015?
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.

83.    Disgraced former FIFA vice-president who has been banned for life by FIFA's ethics committee and described as a "key player" involved in illegal payments?
Jack Warner.
    Warner, who is fighting extradition from Trinidad to the USA on corruption charges,     resigned from FIFA in 2011 following a bribery scandal.
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