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Monday, 17 April 2017


1. Which country has decided to phase out round £1 coin with a new 12-sided coin in March, 2017?

The new design of £1 coin is made of two metals, with a gold- coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured inner ring. The old coin has been a favourite of savers since it was introduced in 1983. But it is set to be replaced by the new 12-sided £1 coin in March and the round pound will cease to be legal tender by 15 October.

2. Pakistan's former Test wicketkeeper-batsman who became a chief selector after his playing career, who passed away on December 31, 2016?
Imtiaz Ahmed.
Ahmed played 41 Tests from 1952-62, scoring 2,079 runs at an average of 29 and taking 77 catches. He hit three centuries, including a career-best 209 against New Zealand at Lahore in 195.

3. Former Australia captain who has been named as an assistant coach of Australia for the T20 series against Sri Lanka in February, 2017?
Ricky Ponting.

4. India’s singles player who announced retirement from professional tennis on 1 January 2017?
Somdev Devvarman.
 He grabbed both men's singles and doubles gold in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He won the gold medal in the men's singles event of XIXth Commonwealth Games held in 2010. He received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government in 2011.

5. Two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that can travel 4,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne, which was successfully test fired by India on January 2,2017?
Agni IV.

6. The BCCI's existing power structure has been dismantled by the Supreme Court of India in a landmark order in January 2017, which directed the removal of the board president and its secretary from office with immediate effect. Name the President and Secretary of BCCI who were sacked from the post by Supreme Court?
Anurag Thakur.(President).
Ajay Shirke (Secretary). As a result of this decision, it is now expected that an observer – appointed by the apex judicial body of the country – will be looking after the administration of the BCCI. The observer is set to be appointed on January 19, 2017.

7. Who has been appointed today as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by President Pranab Mukherjee?
David R Syiemlieh.
Syiemlieh, a UPSC member, has been asked to take over charge on January 4 and will remain the head of the organisation till his retirement on January 21, 2018 or till further orders.

8. Name the world's highest bridge which was opened for traffic in China recently?
The Beipanjiang Bridge.
The Beipanjiang Bridge located in South-west China is built above the Beipan river gorge, which is almost 2000 feet deep. It is a four-lane bridge, which was completed in three years at a cost of USD 146.7 million.

9. Who are the winners of 65th Senior National Volleyball Men’s and Women’s Championship?
Kerala and Railways.
Kerala won the  65th Senior National Volleyball Men’s championship defeating Railways in the final and Railways won the  65th Senior National Volleyball women’s championship defeating Kerala in the final.

10. On 28, December 2016, who became the Prime Minister of Romania?
Sorin Mihai Grindeanu .
He assumed office on 4 January 2017. 

11. The former Portugal Prime Minister who has been appointed as the ninth Secretary-General of United Nations?

Antonio Guterres. 
The 193 member states of the General Assembly adopted the resolution by acclamation, appointing Mr. Guterres as the ninth U.N. Secretary-General to take over from Ban Ki-moon, whose tenure will end on December 31, 2016.

12. Who was appointed by the Government as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India?
Viral Acharya.
He will be joining the ranks of Vishwanathan, S S Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four deputy governors serving under RBI Governor Urjit Patel.

13. English art critic, novelist, painter and poet whose novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, passed away on January 2, 2017?

John Berger.
His essay on art criticism, Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a university text. He lived in France for more than half a century. Berger also wrote several screenplays, among them 1976s’ John Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, a drama set amid the 1968 protests in Paris.

14. Army Commander of Jaipur-based South Western Command, who was appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff in January 2017?
Lieutenant General Sarath Chand.

15. Indian star cricketer who has announced his decision to stand down from his position as captain of the Indian ODI and T20 cricket teams?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Under Dhoni's leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. 

16. Which country won the SAFF Women’s Football Championship title-2017 defeating Bangladesh in the final?
India defeated Bangladesh 3-1 to win their fourth consecutive SAFF Women’s Football Championship title.

17. Who became the first player in the history of Test cricket to score centuries in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates?
Younis Khan.(Pakistan).
Rahul Dravid is the only other cricketer to score centuries in all 10 full-member Test nations, with 36 centuries under his belt. Sachin Tendulkar remains the all-time highest Test century scorer with 51 tons in 200 Test matches.

18. What is the name of the new organ which has been discovered hiding in plain sight inside the human body?

19. An Indian actor who is best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987), passed away on January 6, 2017?
Om Puri.
Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He was honored at the 89th Academy Awards in memorial segment for his contribution in Indian and world cinema.

20. Who is elected as the new Vice President of Venezuela in January 2017?
Tareck El Aissami.

21. Algeria and Leicester forward who has been voted African Footballer of the Year 2017?
Riyad Mahrez.

22. Iran's ex-President and a dominant figure in the country's politics since the 1980, passed away on January 8, 2017?
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Rafsanjani was an influential Iranian politician, writer and one of the founding fathers of the Islamic Republic. He was the fourth President of Iran from 3 August 1989 until 3 August 1997. He was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011 when he decided not to nominate himself for the post. He was also the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council.
During the final years of Iran–Iraq War, Rafsanjani was the de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military. Rafsanjani was elected chairman of the Iranian parliament in 1980 and served until 1989. He played an important role in the choice of Ali Khamenei as Supreme Leader.

23. Who won the 2017 Qatar Open Men’s Tennis Title defeating Andy Murray in the final?
Novak Djokovic.

24. Who won the Player of the Series award in the three test cricket matches played between Pakistan and Australia held in Australia in 2017?
Steven Smith (Australia).
Australia won the series 3-0.

Best Motion picture, drama 'Moonlight'
Best picture, comedy or musical 'La La Land'
Actor, drama Casey Affleck, 'Manchester by the Sea'
Actress, drama Isabelle Huppert, 'Elle'
Actress, comedy or musical Emma Stone, 'La La Land'
Actor, comedy or musical Ryan Gosling, 'La La Land'
Supporting actress Viola Davis, 'Fences'
Supporting actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 'Nocturnal Animals'
Director Damien Chazelle, 'La La Land'
Screenplay Damien Chazelle, 'La La Land'
Animated film 'Zootopia'
Foreign language film 'Elle' (France)
Original score Justin Hurwitz, 'La La Land'
Original song 'City of Stars,' 'La La Land'

26. Pakistan has successfully test-fired its first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) on January 9, 2017.What is the name of that missile?

27. Portugal’s former president and prime minister who was a central figure in the country’s return to democracy in the 1970s after decades of rightwing dictatorship, passed away on January 7, 2017?
Mario Soares.

28. Who was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team for One Day International matches and T20 series on January 6, 2017?
Virat Kohli.

29. Who has been appointed as the 44th Chief Justice of India?
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar.
 Khehar is the first CJI from the Sikh community. He has been a judge in Supreme Court of India since 13 September 2011 and will retire on 27 August 2017 upon superannuation.

30. English journalist and author, who was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, passed away on January 10, 2017?
Clare Hollingworth.
She was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as "the scoop of the century".[1] As a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in 1939, while travelling from Poland to Germany she spotted and reported German forces massed on the Polish border; three days later she was the first to report the German invasion of Poland.

31. Who is the new chairman of Tata Sons?
Natarajan Chandrasekaran .
Chandrasekaran took over as the CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on November 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and executive director of TCS.
Tata Sons Limited is the holding company of the Tata Group and holds the bulk of shareholding in these companies. 

32. Which state won the 2017 National Basketball Women championship in Puducherry defeating Telangana in the final?

33. Who won the best FIFA player of the award 2016?
Cristiano Ronaldo.

34. India’s first solar powered Ferry service started at?

35. Name the second of the Indian Navy's six Kalvari-class submarines which was launched in Mumbai on January 12, 2017?
INS Khanderi.
It is a diesel-electric attack submarine which is designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and being manufactured at Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai. INS Khanderi, named after Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji's island fort Khanderi.

36. Indian American who has been appointed as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission?
Ajit Pai .
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

37. Who became the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in one-day internationals?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni is now the -fourth leading batsman in the world with most sixes in ODI cricket after Shahid Afridi (351), Sanath Jayasuriya (270), Chris Gayle (238).

38. Who won the Player of the series award in the three ODI cricket matches played between India and England held in India in January 2017?
Kehar Jadhav (India).
India won the three match series 2-1.

39. Who won the Player of the series award in the 5 ODI cricket matches played between Australia and Pakistan held in Australia in January 2017?
David Warner.
Series - Australia won the 5-match series 4-1.

40. Name the Indian actress who has won her second People's Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress?
Priyanka Chopra.

41. Who becomes the only player – man or woman – to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era?
Serena Williams.
Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in straight sets to win the Australian Open and now stands alone as the all-time leader in women's Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Australian Margaret Court holds the overall record with 24 Grand Slam titles, an achievement which spans the pre-Open and Open Era. 

42. One of the great French actresses best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and Amour (2012), passed away on January 27, 2017?
Emmanuelle Riva.
Riva won the BAFTA Award and the Cesar Award for her lead role in Michael Haneke's Amour as Anne Laurent, and was nominated for the Academy Award for the same role. She had previously been nominated for a BAFTA Award for Hiroshima mon amour, and had won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Therese Desqueyroux (1962).

43. English actor who starred in The Elephant Man and Harry Potter, passed away on January 25, 2017?
John Hurt.
Hurt's performance in prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown, and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. 

44. President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India who has won the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for 'outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief' for 2016?
Dr P Raghu Ram.
The award, the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India, would be conferred on Ram by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 1, observed as Doctors day.

45. Who has been appointed as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nation?
Nikki Haley.
 She served as the 116th Governor of South Carolina from January 2011 to January 2017. 

46. India’s highest peacetime gallantry award Ashoka Chakra has been awarded posthumously to?
Havildar Hangpan Dada.
He laid down his life after single-handedly killing three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

47. Who won the Australian Open Men’s title 2017 defeating Rafael Nadal in the final?
Roger Federer.
Federer has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player, and held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 302 weeks. 

48. Former secretary to the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and one of the last people alive who had close contact with the Nazi leadership, passed away on January 27.2017?
Brunhilde Pomsel.

49. Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India who will head a Supreme Court-appointed four-member panel that will now run the Board of Control for Cricket in India?
Vinod Rai.
The Supreme Court named the high-profile panel that includes former Indian women’s team captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and Managing Director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company Vikram Limaye.

50. Which countries signed 14 agreements, including a comprehensive strategic partnership on January 25, 2017?
India and UAE.
Apart from the strategic partnership, agreements on defence industries, maritime transport, cyber security, shipping and transport were also signed.

51. French model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2016 on 30 January 2017 in Manila, Philippines?

Iris Mittenaere.
She is the second Miss Universe from France after Christiane Martel, who was elected Miss Universe 1953.

52. Who won the Australian Open Women’s title 2017 defeating Venus Williams in the final?
Serena Williams.

53. Who becomes Australia's first female chief justice of the high court?
Susan Kiefel.

54. On 23 January 2017, who became the Prime Minister of Mauritius?
Pravind Jugnauth. 
Mauritius has new Prime Minister after Anerood Jugnauth resigned on 23.01.2017 and handed over power to his son Pravind.

55. Which team won the Irani Cup 2017 defeating Gujarat in the final?
Rest of India.

56. Who is the chief guest of 68th Republic Day Celebrations of India held in January 26, 2017?
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

57. Who has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University, Rajgir, in Bihar? 
Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar.
He is considered the father of the Indian Supercomputer.

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