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Thursday, 31 December 2015


1.    Which pair won the WTA women’s doubles title defeating the Spanish pair of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro?
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis lifted their ninth title together this year. This triumph is especially huge for Martina as the WTA trophy was her 50th WTA doubles title; a milestone only 15 players have reached.

2.    Which country has become the world’s seventh-most valued 'nation brand', according to the annual report compiled by Brand Finance?
    India has moved up one position to become the world's seventh most valued 'nation brand',with an increase of 32 per cent in its brand value to $2.1 billion. The US remains on the top with a valuation of $19.7 billion, followed by China and Germany at the second and the third positions respectively, as per the annual report on world's most valuable nation brands compiled by Brand Finance. The UK is ranked fourth, Japan is in fifth position, and France is sixth on the list.
        Brand Finance is the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy. Brand Finance was set up in 1996 with the aim of bridging the gap between marketing and finance.

3.    Which country won the Rugby World Cup defeating Australia in the final?
New Zealand.
New Zealand becomes the first team to retain the World Cup.

4.    Hero MotoCorp founder and doyen of Indian two-wheeler industry who passed away on November 1, 2015?
Brijmohan Lall Munjal.
    Hero Group, which officially came into existence in 1956, had started its activities in the early 1940s as a bicycle-maker run by the four brothers. After India’s Independence, the Munjal brothers started a small business of manufacturing bicycle components in Ludhiana. Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler company now for the 14th year in a row. Another group firm, Hero Cycles, has been the largest manufacturer of bicycles since 1986.

5.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the three test cricket matches between EnglandandPakistanheldinUAEin2015?
Yasir Shah (Pakistan).
Series - Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-0.

6.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 3 ODI cricket matches between Sri Lanka and West Indies held in Sri Lanka in 2015?
Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka).
Series - Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 3-0.

7.    Three-time Oscar-winner who became the first actress to win the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the Brittania Awards?
Meryl Streep.
Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep, Amy Schumer, James Corden, Orlando Bloom, and director Sam Mendes were feted by the British Academy Britannia Awards.
Harrison Ford was honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
Amy Schumer was honoured with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award.
Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

8.    Name the first-ever passenger jet built and designed by China which is unveiled in November 2015?

9.    Who won the Swiss Indoors Tennis title 2015 defeating Rafael Nadal in the final?
Roger Federer.

10.    The world's first robot 'actress': Talking android fitted with a human face is given star role in Japanese nuclear disaster film. What is the name of that film?

Android called 'Geminoid F' is the co-star in the Japanese film 'Sayonara'. The android, called Geminoid F, was designed to look and act like a human with rubber 'skin' and a woman's face - but it is unable to walk and is wheeled around in the film.

11.    Name the Iraqi politician who encouraged the administration of George W Bush to launch its invasion of Iraq, passed away on November 3, 2015?

 Ahmed Chalabi.
    He was an Iraqi politician, a founder of the Iraqi National Congress (INC). He was     interim Minister of Oil in Iraq in April–May 2005 and December 2005 – January     2006 and Deputy Prime Minister from May 2005 to May 2006. He became the most     prolific conduit of false information alleging that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons     of mass destruction WMDs) before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

12.    President of which country declared an Emergency  on November 4, 2015,  suspending key provisions of the Constitution and allowing police sweeping powers of search and detention for three months?
The declaration comes days after investigators arrested the country’s Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor on charges of attempting assassinate the President.

13.    Who has been appointed as the 43rd Chief Justice of India?
Justice T.S. Thakur.
    He is a former acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and later took over as Chief Justice     of Punjab and Haryana High Court, after which he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India on 17 November 2009.With Chief Justice H. L. Dattu due to retire on 2 December 2015, Thakur was appointed the next Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2015, with effective date 3 December 2015.

14.    Prime Minister of Romania who has announced his resignation after mass protests in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people last week?
Victor Ponta.

15.    Noted Indian social reformer and founder of NGO Sulabh who has been included in "The Global Diversity List" of 50 top world personalities by The Economist.?
Bindeshwar Pathak.

16.    The Reserve Bank has imposed Rs 1 crore penalty on old private sector bank in     Kerala for violation of Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering     (AML) norms. Which is that Bank?
Dhanlaxmi Bank.

17.    Who has been ranked as the world's ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in a 2015 list which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin?
      Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
    Modi was placed 14th in the 2014 Forbes list of world's powerful people. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at the second spot followed by US President Barack Obama (third) and Pope Francis (fourth) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (fifth).

18.    Which country moved to the top of the FIFA world ranking list for the first time on November 7, 2015 after overtaking Argentina and world champions Germany following their victories in last month's European qualifiers?

19.    Who is sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister?
 Justin Trudeau.

20.    Name the four Indian Canadians who w who were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers of Canada on November 6, 2015?
Harjit Sajjan (Defence Minister),Amarjeet Sohi (Minister for Infrastructure), Navdeep Bains (Minister for innovation, science and economic development) and Bardish Jhagger (Minister for Small Business and Tourism).
    Herb Dhaliwal was the first Sikh to become a full Cabinet Minister in Canada in     1997, followed by Ujjal Dosanjh in 2004. 

21.    What is the name of the Christian rock album by Pope Francis which is released on 27 November 2015 on Believe Digital?
Wake Up!.
The album is formed of speeches by Pope Francis recorded in numerous locations worldwide between 2013–15 with accompanying music tracks of prayers and hymns by various Italian artists and producers.

22.    Who became the fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets mark in the Indian test cricket history?
Ravichandran Ashwin.
He achieved this feat  in his 29th test, when he took Imran Tahir’s wicket in the first innings of the first test against South Africa in Mohali, Punjab. Ashwin also became the first bowler in over 100 years to take 50 wickets after opening the bowling. He achieved this feat in 12 matches off 1888 balls. The previous record was held by Colin Blythe of England who took 74 wickets between 1902 and 1910 in 13 tests. He became the third fastest bowler to reach 150 Test wickets.

23.    Registration of Indian branch of a global environmental group has been cancelled by Registrar of Societies in Tamil Nadu on November 6, 2015. Which is that global environment group?
Greenpeace India.
Greenpeace is a non-profit NGO, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

24.    Name the 9 year old accomplished hacker, app developer, cyber security expert and, not surprisingly, CEO of a game development firm, “Prudent Games”?
Reuben Paul.
He was the ‘special ambassador’ at Ground Zero Summit 2015.

25.    Well-known Malayalam poet and lyricist who was awarded the Pushkin Medal, a state decoration of Russia, at a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow?
Kurup is one of the ten people awarded the honour in 2015 for their outstanding services to strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between nations.

26.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the three test cricket series (Trans-Tasman Trophy-2015) between Australia and New Zealand held in Australia in November-2015?
David Warner.(Australia).
Series - Australia won the 3-match series 2-0.

27.    Who becomes India's first transgender Sub Inspector of Police?
K .Prithika Yashini.
The Madras High Court has declared the 25-year-old as a fit candidate, paving the way for her appointment as Sub Inspector by the Tamil Nadu Government. The court has also directed the recruitment board to make changes to draw transgenders to the state police force. Born and brought up as a boy named Pradeep Kumar, the young Computer Applications graduate turned into Prithika after a sex change surgery.

28.    Ace Indian shooter who has won Gold medal in 10 metre Air Pistol event in women’s category at 13th Asian Shooting Championships held in Kuwait?

Heena Sidhu.
She is the first Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1 (as on 7 April 2014) by ISSF. She is the first Indian Pistol shooter to have won a Gold medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals -Pistol in 10 metre Air Pistol event.

29.    Former Russian press minister and a long time adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin who passed away on November 5, 2015?
Mikhail Lesin.
Lesin once headed state-controlled media giant Gazprom-Media. He was the creator of Russia Today (RT), the state-run Kremlin news service. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Moscow’s Minister of Press, Television, and Radio, a position that granted him enormous power. From 2004 to 2009, he served as an adviser to Putin. In 2013, Lessin was appointed to head Gazprom-Media Holding, which is the largest Russian mass media entity.

30.    Who became the first player to reach the 10,000 run-mark in Ranji Trophy cricket?
Wasim Jaffer.
The former India batsman reached five figures when he scored 9 runs for Vidarbha against Bengal. Jaffer scored most of his runs for Mumbai from 1996 to 2015, before being forced to move to Vidarbha this season.

31.    Who won the Player of the Series in the three ODI Cricket matches between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh held in Bangladesh in 2015?
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh).
Series - Bangladesh won the 3-match series 3-0.

32.    Name the remote sensing satellite which was successfully launched by China
on November 27, 2015?
The satellite named Yaogan—29 will focus on experiments on survey of land, crop yields and disaster relief. The satellite was carried by a Long March—4C rocket after it was launched from Taiyuan in the country’s northern Shanxi province. This is the 219th mission for the Long March rocket family. China launched the first “Yaogan” series satellite, Yaogan—1, in 2006.

33.    Name the extremely rare galaxy of gigantic size which is discovered by a team of astronomers working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics in Pune in November 2015?
This newly discovered galaxy known by its scientific identification 'J021659-044920' was discovered using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), an array of 30 fully steerable, 45-metre diameter antennas, spread out over a 30-km region around Khodad, near Narayangaon town of Pune district.

34.    Which cricketer replaced Anil Kumble as the BCCI Technical Committee chairman?
Sourav Ganguly.

35.    Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) who has been removed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on November 9, 2015?
N. Srinivasan
BCCI president Shashank Manohar will replace Srinivasan. He will complete the remaining term, which ends in June 2016.

36.    Which country won the FIFA U-17 World Cup-2015 held in Chile defeating Mali in the final?
Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, with five titles and three runners up. The Brazil is the second most successful with three titles and two runners up. Ghana and Mexico have won the tournament twice.

37.    Name the coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of India which was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 10 November, 2015 at Vasco in Goa?
Samarth class offshore patrol vessel is a series of six vessels being built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.

38.    Name the indigenously made communications satellite of India which was successfully launched on November 10, 2015 from French Guyana in South America?
GSAT-15 is an Indian communication satellite similar to GSAT-10 to augment the capacity of transponders to provide more bandwidth for Direct-to-Home television and VSAT services.
GSAT-15 was successfully launched, using one of the world's largest rockets - the Ariane-5.

39.    Former India off-spinner who retired from competitive cricket on November 10, 2015?
Ramesh Powar.
Powar had played for the country too, in two Tests and 31 ODIs, taking six wickets in the longest format and 34 in the one-dayers.

40.    Sweden's star striker who won Sweden's prestigious Golden Ball award at the annual Swedish football gala on November 9, 2015?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic's award was his 9th in a row and his tenth in total since 2005.

41.    Top leader of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) who has been handed over to India on November 11, 2015 by Bangladesh, 18 years after his arrest in Dhaka?
Anup Chetia.
Anup Chetiais the General Secretary of the banned United Liberation Front of Assom in Assam. Chetia was first arrested in March, 1991 in Assam but was released by then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia. Later on December 21, 1997 he was again arrested in under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act for illegally carrying foreign currencies and a satellite phone. He was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment by a Bangladeshi court.

42.    Who won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence of Journalism award in the regional language category for best reporting for the years 2012-2013?
Biju Paravath.
The Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism is given to journalists from broadcast and print media under different categories. Biju Paravath is the Kannur reporter of Mathrubhumi Malayalam Newspaper.

43.    Former German chancellor who is credited with guiding West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions and turning the country into an economic powerhouse, passed away on November 10, 2015?
Helmut Schmidt.
He served as chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982.Before becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of Defence (1969–1972) and as Minister of Finance (1972–1974).

44.    The former IAAF chief who has resigned as president of the International Athletics Foundation, the athletics world governing body in wake of Russian athletics doping scandal?
Lamine Diack.
Diack, an honorary International Olympic Committee member until he was provisionally suspended, is under formal investigation in France for corruption and money laundering.

45.    Who became the first Indian head to address the British parliament on November 12, 2015?
Narendra Modi.

46.    Which countries signed a civil nuclear agreement on November 12, 2015, reaffirming the importance of addressing climate change and promoting "secure, affordable and sustainable supplies of energy"?
India and England.

47.    The Chairman of Atlas Jewellery who has been sentenced to three years’ jail by a Dubai court for issuing two bounced cheques for 34 million dirhams?
MM Ramachandran.
Ramachandran , popularly known as Atlas Ramachandran, who has also produced Malayalam films and acted in some films, was arrested by the Dubai police on August 23 following the bouncing of several cheques he had issued to his creditors. Atlas Jewellery has a network of 48 stores in the Gulf countries.

48.    Which state has become the first state in India to roll out a transgender policy aimed at ending societal stigma attached to this sexual minority group?
The ‘State Policy for Transgenders in Kerala 2015’ was released by Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson at the ‘International Conference on Gender Equality’ in Kovalam on November 12, 2015. The policy covers all categories of transgenders, including male to female transgenders and intersex people. The policy aims to give 25,000 transgender people in the state a platform to eventually be able to demand a right to equality, dignity, development and expression.

49.    Which country tops the Face book’s content removal list according to the social network's biannual Government Requests Report?
India made 15,155 such demands in the January-June period, compared with 5,832 in the preceding six months. Turkey came second at 4,496 and France a distant third at 295.

50.    Former Hungary goalkeeper who has died of cancer at the age of 32?

Marton Fulop.
Fulop, who played for Sunderland, Manchester City and Ipswich Town during his years in England, was playing for Greek side Asteras Tripoli when he had surgery in 2013 to remove a tumour from his arm. Fulop was capped 24 times by his country.
51.    Name the new long-range maritime patrol aircraft of Indian Navy which has been dedicated to the nation on November 13, 2015 at an impressive ceremony held at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in southern India?
The Boeing P 8 I (Poseidon Eight India).

52.    The 2015 G-20 summit was the tenth annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government was held at?
Antalya, Turkey.

53.    On which date, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris killing more than 130 peoples?
November 13, 2015.
The attacks were the deadliest on France since World War II, and the deadliest in the European Union since the Madrid train bombings in 2004. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying that it was in retaliation for the French airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq.

54.    Which country has been suspended from world athletics by the International Association of Athletics Federations after accepting an indefinite ban over the doping scandal?

55.    Veteran Bollywood actor who appeared in several British and Indian movies,  who passed away on November 15, 2015?
Saeed Jaffery.
Saeed is known for his roles in the movies like "Gandhi" (1982), "Masoom" (1982), "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" (1977), "Henna" (1991) "Ram Teri Ganga Maili" (1985), "Chashme-baddoor" (1981), "Kisise Na Kehna", "Judaai" (1997), "Ajooba" (1991).

56.    Who won the Brazilian Grand Prix-2015?
Nico Rosberg.

57.    Senior diplomat and former high-profile spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry who has been appointed as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, succeeding Asoke Mukerji?
Syed Akbaruddin.

58.    Former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and  one of the chief movers behind the successful 1971 Bangladesh war, passed away on November 17, 2015?
K. Sankaran Nair.

59.    Working president of the Hindu organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for over 20 years, passed away on November 17, 2015?
Ashok Singhal.

60.    Which party won the General elections held in Myanmar on 8 November 2015?
National League for Democracy.
These polls are the first openly-contested election held in the country since 1990, which was annulled by the military government after the National League for Democracy's (NLD) victory. While NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from the presidency (as both her late husband and her children are foreign citizens), she declared that she will hold the real power in any NLD-led government.

61.    Finance and Law minister of Kerala who resigned on November 10, 2015 after Kerala High Court upheld the vigilance court's order to conduct further probe into bar bribery scandal, in which the finance minister is involved?
Mani holds a record as a legislator in the Kerala Assembly for an uninterrupted 50 years.

62.    Pakistan’s veteran batsman who has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket on November 11, 2015?
Younis Khan.
 Younis, 37, played 264 matches in an ODI career that spanned 15 years. With 7240 runs, Younis is currently sixth on the list of highest run-getters for Pakistan in ODIs. He scored seven hundreds and 48 half-centuries in one dayers.

63.    Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the ICC, the highest international governing body of cricket on November 9, 2015?
Shashank Manohar.

64.    Rebel Kerala Congress (M) leader who was disqualified as member of the Kerala state Assembly by Speaker N. Shakthan under anti-defection law on a petition by the party?
P. C. George.

65.    Who has become Kerala’s second and India’s 40th Grandmaster in Chess?
S.L .Narayanan.

66.    Which team won the Cricket All Stars T20 Series (3-0) by defeating Sachin Tendulkar’s Blasters?
Shane Warne’s Warriors.

67.    Australian cricketer who  retired from all forms of international cricket on 17 November 2015, after the 2nd Test match against New Zealand during 2015–16 Trans-Tasman Trophy Test series?
Mitchell Johnson.
He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He was awarded the International Cricket Council's "Cricketer of the Year" award in 2009 and 2014 as well as "Test Player of the year" in 2014. He played a key role in the semi-final and final matches of ICC World Cup 2015 which led to Australia winning the World Cup for the fifth time. He has 311 Test wickets, fourth on the list of Australia's Test wicket-takers behind Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355). He took 239 wickets in 153 ODIs. He has 38 wickets in 30 T20s.

68.    Who has been appointed as the first woman ambassador of Iran?
Marzieh Afkham.
Iran has appointed its first woman ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, naming foreign ministry spokeswoman to head its embassy in Malaysia.

69.    Which terrorist organisation captured the infamous title of the world’s deadliest terrorist group according to The Global Terrorism Index prepared by Institute for Economics and Peace?
Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, the militant group that has tortured Nigeria and its neighbours for years, was responsible for 6,664 deaths last year, more than any other terrorist group in the world, including the Islamic State, which killed 6,073 people in 2014, according to that report.

70.    Who has been elected as Speaker of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliament, making her the first-ever woman Speaker of an Arab national parliament?
Dr Amal Al Qubaisi.
Dr. Amal Abdullah Juma Karam Al Qubaisi has been appointed Chairperson of the UAE Federal National Council, the first time a woman has held the post since the nation's inception in 1971, and a first for the Gulf Cooperation Council member states.

71.    The evil mastermind behind the deadly Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks who was killed by French police in a bloody siege?
 Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
           Abaaoud was a Belgian-Moroccan Islamic terrorist, who had spent time in Syria, known as a place where radical groups operate and train. He was suspected of having organized multiple terror attacks in Belgium and France, and is known to have participated in the November 2015 Paris attacks.

72.    Name the spy who was sentenced to life in prison for spying against the United States on Israel’s behalf, was released on parole on November 20, 2015, after 30 years in prison.
Jonathan Pollard.

73.    Who is sworn in as chief minister for the fifth time in a row on 20 November 2015 after the Mahagathbandhan alliance won a sweeping victory, taking 178 seats in the recently held Bihar Legislative elections?
Nitish Kumar.

74.    Indian-American politician  who has been nominated as Executive Director to Asian Development Bank with ambassadorial rank by US President Barack Obama?
Swati Dandekar.
Dandekar was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislature seat in the United States.

75.    The House of Representatives has easily passed a GOP-authored bill to restrict the admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to America by requiring extra security procedures. What is the name of that bill?
American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or the American SAFE Act of 2015.

76.    Who became the first Indian woman to win the Women in Football Award at the third Asian Football Awards in London on November 20, 2015?
Aditi Chauhan.

77.    Which cricketer scored the fastest one-day hundred for England?
Jos Buttler.
He broke his own record – as he reached 104 off 46 balls during the first innings of the fourth and final one-day international against Pakistan in Dubai. He has now scored the three fastest England centuries in the 50-over game, along with a 66-ball hundred against New Zealand in June. The record for the fastest hundred in ODIs is the 31-ball effort of South Africa's AB de Villiers made against West Indies in Johannesburg in January this year.

78.    Name the Palestinian poet who has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court for allegedly abandoning his Muslim faith?
Ashraf Fayadh.
The death sentence comes after an initial 2014 verdict that sentenced the poet to four years in prison and 800 lashes. Poet Ashraf Fayadh was detained in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia, in 2013 due to allegations by a prosecution witness, who claimed he heard Fayadh cursing God, the Prophet Mohammed and Saudi Arabia.

79.    Namibia wicketkeeper-batsman who has died in Windhoek at age 25, five days after suffering a stroke during a match?
Raymond van Schoor.
Raymond van Schoor scored more than 8000 runs for Namibia since making his debut in 2007.

80.    Who won the IBSF World Snooker Championship-2015?
Pankaj Advani.

81.    Which country won the Junior Men's Asia Cup hockey tournament-2015 defeating Pakistan in the final?
India registered an emphatic 6-2 victory over arch-rival Pakistan in the final.

82.    Which country successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile on November 22, 2015 which is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile?
The missile is test fired from a test range off Odisha coast. The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.

83.    Bangladesh hanged two senior opposition leaders in the early hours of November 22, 2015 after they were convicted of war crimes during the independence struggle that led to the country’s violent separation from the rest of Pakistan in 1971.Who are they?
     Salauddin Qader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
         Chowdhury was a long time member of parliament for the Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) and adviser to BNP leader Khaleda Zia. Mojaheed was the secretary-general of Jamaat Islami.

84.    Which countries signed three MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) for cooperation in cyber security, public administration and culture on November 23, 2015?
India and Malaysia.
While the cyber-security agreement was signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-IN) and Cyber Security, Malaysia, the cultural exchange programme agreement was inked between the ministries of culture of the two countries. The infrastructure development agreement was signed between India's NITI Aayog and Malaysia's Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).

85.    Who has been elected as the new president of Argentina?
Mauricio Macri.
On the first runoff voting ever held for an Argentine Presidential Election, opposition leader and Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri narrowly defeated FPV candidate and Buenos Aires Province Governor Daniel Scioli.

86.    Who have been selected for "Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015" for social justice?
Bilquis Bano and  Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Bilquis Bano, the Pakistani caretaker of Indian girl Geeta, and the global humanitarian aid provider Medecins Sans Frontieres have been selected for "Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015. Bilquis Edhi, the wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi of Edhi Foundation, has been selected for Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015 for sheltering Geeta, a deaf and mute Indian girl who was stranded in Pakistan.
Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders, one of the awardees, is an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers medical aid in more than70 countries. They have been working in India since 1999, providing specialist care for people     affected by HIV AIDS, tuberculosis and malnutrition.

87.    Pakistan's first female fighter pilot who died in the line of duty on November 24, 2015?
Marium Mukhtiar.
Mukhtiar was killed after a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) FT-7PG aircraft crashed near Kundian in Mianwali district in the northwest of Punjab province.

88.    Who was chosen to be the new Prime Minister of Portugal by President Cavaco Silva on 24 November and assumed office on 26 November 2015?
Antonio Costa.
 Previously he was Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from 1997 to 1999, Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2002, Minister of State and Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007.

89.    Who won the ATP World Tour finals title for the fourth straight year defeating Roger Federer in the final?
Novak Djokovic.

90.    Which state emerged overall champions in the National Junior Athletic meet held in Ranchi?
Kerala won 25 gold, 19 silver and 16 bronze. This is Kerala’s 18th crown. Haryana came second with 355.5 points.

91.    Who has been appointed as the new director general of the Vatican Bank, also known as Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR)?
Dr. Gian Franco Mammi.

92.    The first day and night Test cricket match was played between?
Australia and New Zealand.
The first day & night test cricket match was played at Adelaide Oval with a pink Kookaburra ball in the third match of the series between Australia and New Zealand, between November 27 and December 1. The coincidence is that the first Official D/N ODI happened on 27 Nov 1979 and the first D/N Test match started on 27 Nov 2015.

93.    Which country won the first day & night cricket test match?

94.    Which country has one of the highest percentages of companies where fraud, in particular corruption and bribery, was detected, according to a new survey of large local and multinational companies across industries worldwide?
The survey is Conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by New York-based risk consultancy firm Kroll Inc.

95.    Who has been nominated as chairman of Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI) on November 24, 2015 for two years?
C .V. L. Srinivas.
RSCI was set up when the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) and the Media Research Users Council (MRUC) agreed to undertake joint readership studies as equal partners.

96.    Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM) which was successfully test fired from an Israeli Navy ship on November 26, 2015?
Barak 8.
Barak 8 was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India's Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will produce the missiles.

97.    Indian Council of Historical Research chairman who has resigned his post citing “personal” reasons?
Y.S. Rao.

98.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the three T20 cricket matches between England and Pakistan held in November 2015?
J.M .Vince (England).
Series - England won the 3-match series 3-0.

99.    The American decathlete who was named the IAAF’s male athlete of the year for 2015?
Ashton Eaton.

100.    Who was named the IAAF’s female athlete of the year for 2015?
Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia).
She won the female award after breaking the 1500m world record in July in Monaco with a time of 3min 50.07sec. She captured the 1500m world title in Beijing and took the bronze medal in the 5,000m.

101.    Famous industrialist and the founder of Kothari Group famous for its mouth freshner brand Pan Parag, passed away on November 27, 2015?
Mansukhbhai Kothari.

102.    Who has become the World Heavy Weight champion, beating Wladimir Klitschko  by unanimous decision to win three principal titles?
Tyson Fury.

103.    Who won the women's singles badminton title at the USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold -2015 after defeating Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the final?

104.    The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in?
The summit is held from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
    The conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it. The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions.  Such parties will need to sign the agreement in New York between 22 April 2016 and 21 April 2017, and also adopt it within their own legal systems.

105.    Who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix-2015 formula one title?
Nico Rosberg.

106.    Award winners list at the 46th International Film Festival of India held in Goa:
India’s Oscar Award-winning music director A R Rahman was present as chief guest at the closing ceremony of IFFI 2015. The 11-day fest opened on November 20 with the film “The Man Who Knew Infinity” based on self-taught Indian mathematical genius Ramanujan. This year, 187 films from 89 countries were screened at IFFI along with movies in the Indian Panorama section. IFFI 2015 closed with the screening of Argentinean film” The Clan”.
Here is the list of award winners of 46th International Film Festival of India.
• Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar winning Russian filmmaker, actor and head of Russian Cinematographer’s Union, Nikita Mikhalkov for his contributions to world cinema.
• Centenary Film Personality Award conferred upon Internationally acclaimed Music composer Illayaraja.
Golden Peacock prize: The award given to the best film, was received by Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra and produced by Cristina Gallego.
UNESCO-Fellini Medal: Indian filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly won the first UNESCO-Fellini Medal at IFFI for his film Cinemawala.
 Best Director: Peter Greenway (British director)for his film “Eisenstein in Guanajuato”.
Best Actor: French Actor Vincent Lindon won the Best Actor (Male) Award for his film The Measure of a Man.
Best Actress: Best Actress Award was shared by the five lead actresses - Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan – of Turkish film Mustang. They got the Silver Peacock at IFFI 2015.
A Serbian film called Enclave, directed by Goran Radovaovic, received the Special Mention award at IFFI 2015. Sealed Cargo, a Bolivian film, was honoured with the Special Jury Award at IFFI Goa 2015.

107.    Who has equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's English Premier League record of scoring in ten successive matches?
Jamie Vardy.
Jamie Vardy has equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games. Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team.

108.    West Indies off spinner who was suspended from international cricket after his action was found ‘illegal’ by the International Cricket Council (ICC) November 29, 2015?
Sunil Narine.

109.    Which country won the Davis Cup, the tennis version of the Wold Cup after 79 years?
By beating David Goffin, Andy Murray secured Britain's 3-1 victory over Belgium in the Davis Cup final and ended a drought for the country dating back to 1936. The 79-year gap is the longest between titles in Davis Cup history. Britain is the only nation to have competed in all Davis Cup editions since 1900 and its 10th title makes it the third most successful nation after the United States (32) and Australia (28).

110.    Former world long jump champion who was appointed as the Chairperson of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) by Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs?
Anju Bobby George.
She will succeed Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament and Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who had resigned from this post.

111.    Name the India's first locally developed nuclear submarine which b has completed test firing of an unarmed medium-range missile B-05, developed by Defence Research Development and Organisation (DRDO)?
INS Arihant.
Arihant is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines being built for the Indian Navy. The lead vessel of the class, INS Arihant, was first launched in 2009 and began sea trials in December 2014.

112.     Dominica-born British lawyer, who was appointed as the Commonwealth's new Secretary General, becoming the first woman to occupy the post in the 53-member block's history?
Patricia Scotland.
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