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Thursday, 16 June 2016


1.    Which country has officially blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in April 2016 in a bid to further control access to outside information?
North Korea.

2.    New Zealand all-rounder who has retired from ODIs, two days after his side was knocked out of the World T20 at the semi-final stage by England?
Grant Elliott.
Elliot finished his ODI career with 1976 runs in 83 matches, including two centuries and 11 half-centuries, at an average of 34.06 and 39 wickets to his name.

3.    Which city has been declared first kerosene free city of India in April 2016?
Chandigarh has been declared kerosene free with sale of subsidised cooking and lighting fuel being stopped in Chandigarh from April 1, 2016 completely.

4.    The Upper House of Myanmar's parliament approved a Bill on April 1, 2016 to give state counselor role for the leader of National League for Democracy (NLD). Who is that leader?
Aung San Suu Kyi.

5.    Which country won the T20 World Cup 2016 defeating England in the final?
West Indies.
West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite smashed England's Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to snatch a sensational four-wicket win in World Twenty20 final as the Caribbean side became the first team to win the title twice.

6.    Which country claimed their first Women's World Twenty20 with a pulsating eight-wicket win over Australia in Kolkata?
West Indies.

7.    Which film was declared the worst film at the 8th Golden Kela Awards, which annually recognises the worst in Hindi cinema like Razzies?
Created by Random Magazine, Golden Kela winners are selected each year by an online poll and receive an award in the shape of a golden banana.  The other award winners are:
Worst Actor (male) - Arjun Kapoor for Tevar.
Worst Actor (female) - Sonam Kapoor for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Worst director - Sooraj Barjatya for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

8.    Name the fastest train in India which was launched on 5 April 2016 and operates at a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph)?
Gatimaan Express.
Gatimaan Express is a semi high speed train that runs between Delhi and Agra in India. The train will take a travel time of 100 minutes to cover 188 kilometres (117 mi) journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantonment railway stations.

9.    Who Becomes the First Sikh Officer In The US Army To Serve With A Turban And A Beard?
Simratpal Singh.
A Sikh army captain, Simratpal Singh, who had decided to sue the United States military for discrimination in March, has won the case. He can continue wearing a turban and beard while being in duty.

10.    Panama papers recently revealed hidden Black money of more than 500 Indians which include two Bollywood celebrities on the list along with Kushal Pal Singh. Who are they?
Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
A huge data leak from a law firm “Mossack Fonseca” in Panama suggesting it hid billions of dollars in assets of global politicians, sports stars and entertainers threatened to dramatically boost the country’s reputation as an offshore haven for money laundering. These are secret documents of firms belongings to global and Indian power-figures parking money in the tax haven.

11.    Who has resigned as Pakistan head coach following his side's group-stage exit at the World Twenty20?
Waqar Younis.

12.    Who was sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4, 2016?
Mehbooba Mufti.
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as the 13th chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

13.    Who became Chelsea's head coach on a three-year deal after Euro 2016?
Antonio Conte.
He is currently manager of the Italian national team and has signed a three-year contract to take charge of English club Chelsea after UEFA Euro 2016.

14.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 5 inaugurated a scheme which is aimed at creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurs among SC, ST and women by extending loans at cheaper rates. Which is that scheme?
‘Stand Up India’.
The ‘Stand Up India’ scheme was launched by Narendra Modi at a function held at Noida. Under the scheme, which will be implemented through 1.25 lakh bank branches, banks will give loans at the "least applicable rate" of interest. Also every bank branch, including private sector, will give loans between Rs 10 lakh and 1 crore to at least one SC/ST and one woman entrepreneur under the scheme.

15.    Which state of India has declared a total ban on the sale of all forms of alcohol with immediate effect from April 2016?

16.    Who has been appointed as the new Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication for a period of three years?

17.    South Africa's first non-white woman judge who has been conferred upon the highest French civilian honour?
Navanetham Pillay.
Navanetham Pillay was the first non-white woman judge of the high court of South Africa and has also served as president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which tried leaders of a genocide that left nearly a million people dead.

18.    Prime Minister of which country was conferred Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour- the King Abdulaziz Sash in April 2016?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash, on April 3, 2016. Among other notable recipients of this honour are US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

19.    The wicketkeeper-batsman who has been appointed as Pakistan's T20I captain?
Sarfraz Ahmed.

20.    Name the Bangladesh blogger who opposed radical Islam hacked to death by unidentified assailants in April 2016?
Nazimuddin Samad.
A law student of Jagannath University in Dhaka’s old quarter, Samad was known as an atheist to his friends. He was involved in a 2013 movement to demand capital punishment for war crimes during Bangladesh’s war of liberation against Pakistan in 1971.

21.    Who has been named the most powerful businesswoman in Asia by Forbes in April 2016, leading a list of 50 women leaders from the region that includes eight from India?
Nita Ambani.
She is the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation. SBI Chairman and Managing Director Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked second on the 2016 Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen list that features trailblazing women from China, Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and New Zealand.

22.    Which country recently has made it illegal to pay for sex, in a move designed to curb prostitution?
Under the new law of France, anyone caught purchasing an act from a sex worker will be fined and required to attend classes on the harms of prostitution.

23.    Name the member of Fifa’s independent ethics committee who has resigned from his post following allegations related to the Panama Papers leak?
Juan Pedro Damiani.
Damiani tendered his resignation on April 4, 2016 after the investigatory chamber had launched a probe into alleged links between him and his compatriot Eugenio Figueredo, the former Fifa vice-president who was arrested last year on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice.

24.    Which train became country's first train to have CCTV cameras installed in all coaches, as part of Railways' efforts to strengthen security of passengers particularly women travellers?
Shan-e-Punjab Express.
As many as 122 CCTV cameras have been installed in 21 coaches of the train, which runs between Amritsar and New Delhi.

25.    Italian defence and aerospace major Finmeccanica’s former chief who has been sentenced by the Milan appeals court to four-and-a-half years in jail for false accounting and corruption in the sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India for over Rs 3,600 crore?
Giuseppe Orsi.

26.    An explosion and blaze sparked by fireworks have killed at least 100 people at a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Kerala on April 10, 2016. Which is that temple?

Puttingal Devi Temple.
The fireworks exploded as thousands of people had gathered to celebrate a local New Year festival. About 15,000 pilgrims were visiting the temple to mark local Hindu celebrations during the last day of a seven-day festival of the goddess Bhadrakali.

27.    Renowned commentator who has been removed from the IPL-9 commentary team following a controversy during India's WorldT20?
 Harsha Bhogle.
Harsha Bhogle, who has been associated with Indian cricket since the mid-80s and who has been a part of the IPL commentary team since the first season in 2008, has been removed from the panel by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). According to reports, Bhogle was excluded from the IPL commentary team after some senior Indian cricketers complained to a board official following a recent ICC World Twenty20, 2016 game.

28.    Name the indigenously developed surface-to-air missile of India which was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on April 11, 2016?

29.    Who became the first bowler to take 300 wickets in T20 matches when he dismissed David Miller of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL match held in Mohali?
Dwayne Bravo.

30.    Name the Indian cricketer who has joined the recently-announced Premier Futsal football league as its brand ambassador?
Virat Kohli.

31.    England cricketer who has been forced to retire from the sport with immediate effect after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition?
James Taylor.
Taylor had been diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy [ARVC], a similar diagnosis to that of Fabrice Muamba after the footballer collapsed while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2012.

32.    Famed Indian woman biker who was named “Lady of Harley”, died in a road accident in Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha district?

Veenu Paliwal.
Veenu Paliwal (1970-2016) was a well-recognized Indian motor biker from Jaipur, Rajasthan. For her enthusiasm about bikes, she was named the "Lady of Harley" (Dunes Harley-Davidson) and "HOG Rani".  Paliwal had recently been named the Lady of the Harley 2016.

33.    Tata Steel, largest steel producer of India has signed an agreement to sell the loss-making 4.5-million tonne long-product Scunthorpe steel plant in Britain to UK-based investment firm for a nominal sum. What is the name of that British-based investment firm?
 Greybull Capital.

34.    Name the Spanish made high-speed train which is capable of running at a maximum speed of 200 kmph, reached Mumbai ahead of their crucial test run by the Railways?

Talgo train.
Besides reducing travel time, Talgo’s lighter trains consume 30 per cent less energy which will help railways reduce their power bill.

35.    Name the world champion professional boxer who has retired from boxing after sealing a comprehensive victory over Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas?

Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. He is also the third fighter in boxing history to win three "Glamour Division" titles (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight). According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).

36.    Which country ranked first in the latest global football rankings, released by world football's administrative body FIFA on April 7, 2016?
Argentina took over from Belgium at the top of the rankings. World champions Germany slipped to fifth and Copa America winners Chile move up to third -- their highest position. India have dropped two places to be ranked 162nd in the latest global football rankings.

37.    Which IIM has topped the list of best management institutes in the ‘India Ranking 2016’ – the first-ever national ranking of universities by the Government of India?
 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
IIT Madras has been ranked first in the Engineering category followed by IIT Bombay at number 2 and IIT Kharagpur at number 3 in the rankings for various private and government institutions released by Human Resource Development Ministry. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was launched by the HRD Ministry on September 29, 2015. It evaluates higher educational institutions in Engineering, Management, Universities & Pharmacy categories.

38.    Who became the first woman from Kerala to win the senior national badminton championship?
She won Gold medal in the 34th National Games 2015 in badminton singles against Telangana. In April 2016, she won the Yonex Sunrise 80th National Badminton Championship single's title.

39.    What is the codename the nuclear-capable undersea ballistic missile which is secretly test fired by India recently?
K4. K4 is capable of hitting targets upto 3,500 kilometres away.

40.    Head coach   of AC Milan who has been sacked from the post recently?
Sinisa Mihajlovic.
AC Milan has sacked head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with youth-team boss Christian Brocchi replacing him until the end of the season. AC Milan is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, that plays in Serie A.

41.    The New Developed Bank (NDB), formed by BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, on April 16, 2016 sanctioned its first set of loans of $811 million (about Rs. 5,405 crore). Of the sum of money handed out, an Indian Bank will receive $250 million (about Rs. 1,666 crore) for energy projects. Which is that Bank?
Canara Bank.
India was among the first four countries to get a loan from the newly established BRICS New Development Bank which gave a USD 250 million funding to Canara Bank for a renewable energy project.

42.    Sri Lanka's veteran spinner who  announced his retirement from 50-over and Twenty20 internationals (on April 17,2016) in order to carry on playing Test matches, with a view to extend his Test career?
Rangana Herath.
Herath is a specialist left-arm bowler, widely known as best spinner ever played for Sri Lanka after the retirement of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. He holds the record of best bowling figures in Tests by a left-arm spinner. He took 74 wickets in 71 one-day internationals and another 18 in 17 T20 matches for Sri Lanka.

43.    Who won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown-2016 defeating Gael Monfils (France) in the final?
Rafael Nadal.
This is his ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title.

44.    Who won the Chinese Grand Prix -2016, Formula One motor race?
Nico Rosberg.

45.    Who became the first female acting Chief Justice of Nepal's Supreme Court?
Sushila Karki.

46.    Who has become the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games?
Dipa Karmakar.
Karmakar, also a medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, qualified for the Rio Olympics in artistic gymnastics. Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.

47.    Which team won the 2015/16 edition of the I-League after a convincing 2-0 win over Salgaocar FC?
Bengaluru FC.

48.    Which country won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament-2016 defeating India (4-0) in the final?
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an annual international men's field hockey tournament held in Malaysia. It began in 1983 as a biennial contest. The tournament became an annual event after 1998, following its growth and popularity. The tournament is named after the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, an avid fan of field hockey.

49.    Haryana Government has recently decided to rename Gurgaon and Mewat district. What is their new name?
Gurgaon as Gurugram.
Mewat as Nuh.

50.    Who has been appointed as the first ever CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on the recommendation of the Justice Lodha Committee?

Rahul Johri.

51.    Name the computer engineering student from Kerala who won a cash prize of Rs. 7 lakh from social media giant Facebook for his discovery of a bug, which has the magnitude to bring down the Facebook into shambles?
Arun S Kumar.

52.    Anti-slavery activist who will be the first woman to appear on a US banknote for more than a century?
Harriet Tubman.
Tubman, who was born a slave around 1820 and helped hundreds of others escape, will feature on the new $20 bill. The United States twenty-dollar bill ($20) is a denomination of U.S. currency. The seventh U.S. President (1829–37), Andrew Jackson has been featured on the front side of the bill since 1928, while the White House is featured on the reverse side. On April 20, 2016, it was announced that a new design, expected to be unveiled in 2020 (the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment), will have a portrait of Harriet Tubman on the front.

53.    Parliament of which country has recently banned all Russian films released after January 1, 2014, saying the move is aimed at improving “national security.”?
The ban is an amendment to the Law on Cinematography that was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in 2015.

54.    Which court has quashed the order of the Central government that had put the State under President’s Rule on March 27?
The Uttarakhand High Court.

55.    Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter who has been conferred with one of France’s top honour 'The Order of Arts and Letters' for her contribution in promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and development?
Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee.

56.    Who becomes the first Malayalam actor who has sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in the category of eminent citizens as per the provisions of Article 80 of the Indian Constitution?
Suresh Gopi.
Five others, including boxer MC Mary Kom, former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, JP leader Subramanian Swamy, former NAC member Narendra Jadhav and journalist Swapan Dasgupta from the field of literature, science, sports, art and social service were also nominated as MP to the Rajya Sabha by the president.

57.    Name the Spanish Jesuit priest who has become an Indian citizen at the age of 90, after a wait of almost four decades?
Father Federico Gussi Sopena.

58.    How many countries signed the Paris Agreement, the historic agreement on climate change on April 22, 2016?
During the 2016 Opening for Signature of the Paris Agreement, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 April, 175 Parties (174 countries and the European Union) signed the Agreement. The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

59.    A provincial Pakistani minister for minority affairs who was shot dead in his car on April 22, 2016?
Sardar Soran Singh.
Sardar Soran Singh, who was a Sikh, had held one of several seats reserved for religious minorities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly.

60.    Which Bollywood superstar has been chosen as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?
Salman Khan.

61.    Which sport person becomes the most talked-about and most trending sportsman in  India across social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram?
Virat Kohli.
Kohli averaged a record of close to 12 lakh conversations in March 2016, compared with 7 lakh for Dhoni, according to social media tracker Autumn Worldwide.

62.    Name the Bangladesh English professor who was hacked to death by ISIS militants near his home in April 2016?
AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee.
There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months specially targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.

63.    Which country has banned the Apple mobile entertainment services in April 2016?

64.    What is the name of the experimental plane flying around the world without a single drop of fuel landed in California after a two-and-a-half day flight across the Pacific?
Solar Impulse 2.

65.    The Union finance ministry of India on 29-04-2016 agreed to increase interest rate on provident fund deposits to ………… per cent for 2015-16?

66.    The Indian American who has been appointed as the U.S. envoy to the central African nation of Chad in April 2016?
Geeta Pasi.

67.    Who beat defending champion Kei Nishikori to win the Barcelona Open -2016?
Rafael Nadal .

68.    Who won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award (2016)?
Novak Djokovic (Tennis).
The list of winners at the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards:
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award: Serena Williams (Tennis)
Laureus World Team of the Year Award: All Blacks, New Zealand (Rugby)
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Jordan Spieth (Golf)
Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Dan Carter (Rugby)
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias (Swimming)
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno (Ironman Triathlon)

69.    What is the name given to the  entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India?
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG.
NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves. However, many colleges and institutes have taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses.

70.    What is the name of India’s first small area finance bank (SFB) which started its operations on April 13, 2016?
Capital Local Area Bank (CLAB).
CLAB is the first among the 10 applicants to get final license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The lender is currently active as local area bank. Punjab-headquartered Capital Local Area Bank commenced operations with 10 branches.

71.    Which cricketer has officially been confirmed as New Zealand's captain in all three formats of the game?
Kane Williamson.
He is set to become the 29th man to lead New Zealand in Test cricket.

72.    Popular cartoonist and the creator of the legendary cartoon characters “Boban and Molly”, passed away on April 27, 2016?
V T Thomas, popularly known as Toms, has been a household name in Kerala for the past half century and more for his cartoon siblings Boban and Molly. The famous characters he created, Boban and Molly were the children of his neighbour.  Initially these two characters appeared in a cartoon column Sathyadeepam weekly in 1950. Later on, these characters became part of the Malayala Manorama weekly in 1957.

73.    Name the seventh and final of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) series of satellites which was placed in geosynchronous orbit successfully on April 28, 2016?
The satellite was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on board PSLV-C33.

74.    Which footballer becomes first Indian to play in the Europa League?
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC's squad for their Europa League qualifying match against Welsh Premier League side Connah's Quay Nomads FC, making him the first ever player from India to play in the competition.
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