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Wednesday, 6 September 2017


1. Which country won the 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah men's field hockey tournament held in Malaysia defeating Australia in the final?

2. The first woman judge of Delhi High Court who passed away on May 6, 2017?
Justice Leila Seth.
She played vital role in amending the Hindu Succession Act which gave equal rights to daughters in joint family property.

3. Who has become the leading wicket-taker in Women's One-Day Internationals going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets on May 9, 2017?
Jhulan Goswami.
She is the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2007, Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri winner.

4. Who has elected as the new president of South Korea in the 2017 South Korean presidential election after the impeachment of his predecessor, Park Geun-hye?
Moon Jae-in.

5. The minority Christian governor of Jakarta (Indonesia) who has been sentenced to two years in prison on May 9, 2017 for blaspheming the Koran?
Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama.

6. Calcutta high court judge who has been sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court by The Supreme Court of India on May 9, 2017?
Justice C.S. Karnan.

7. The seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was dismissed by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017?
James Comey.
He served as the director of FBI from September 4, 2013 until May 9, 2017.

8. What was the name given to the May 2017 worldwide cyberattack which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency?
The WannaCry ransomware attack.
The attack began on Friday, 12 May 2017, and within a day was reported to have infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries.  Parts of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) were infected, causing it to run some services on an emergency-only basis during the attack.

9. Which club won the 2016–17 English Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs?
The season began on 13 August 2016 and concluded on 21 May 2017. Chelsea won their fifth Premier League title, and sixth English title, with two matches to spare following a 1–0 away win over West Bromwich Albion on 12 May. The defending champions were Leicester City who finished in 12th position.

10. Who was named the chairman of FIFA’s governance committee at the world football governing body’s 67th Congress in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama?
Justice Mukul Mudgal. 
He also headed the IPL 2013 spot-fixing probe.

11. Which film won the Palme d’Or award in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival?
The Square.
The Square is a 2017 Swedish satirical drama film directed by Ruben 
Other Awards in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman
Grand Prix: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo)
Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”
Jury Prize: “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Screenplay — TIE: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou) and “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay)

12. Who won the European Golden Shoe for a record-equaling fourth time, drawing level with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo?
Lionel Messi.

13. Who has been elected as the youngest ever president of France in May, 2017?
 Emmanuel Macron.
Macron has defeated nationalist rival Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election. 

14. Who holds the World Record for most number of Catches in Twenty20 cricket?
Dhoni past Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to become the only wicketkeeper to take 124 catches in Twenty20 cricket. 

15. Who won the 2017 Madrid Open Men’s Single Tennis title defeating  Dominic Thiem in the final?
Rafael Nadal. 
This is his fifth Madrid Open title.

16. Who won the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix -2017?
Lewis Hamilton.

17. The 'One Belt One Road' summit was held in?
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, or BRF was held on May 14–15, 2017 in Beijing, and claimed to draw 29 foreign heads of state and government and representatives from more than 130 countries and 70 international organizations. 

18. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s longest bridge over the Lohit River in Assam on May 26, 2017. What is the name of that bridge?

The Bhupen Hazarika Setu also referred to as the Dhola–Sadiya Bridge.
          Bhupen Hazarika Bridge is a beam bridge in India, connecting the northeast states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge spans the Lohit River, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra River, from the village of Dhola (Tinsukia District) in the south to Sadiya to the north. The bridge is the first permanent road connection between the northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

      At 9.15 kilometres (5.69 mi) in length, it is the longest bridge in India. However, the New Ganga Bridge Project under construction in the Indian state of Bihar is expected to become the longest bridge in India upon its estimated completion in December 2020, with a length of 9.8 kilometers. The bridge is named after singer Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed from Sadia.

19. Which country has been unanimously elected as the president of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations promoting sustainable human settlements across the globe?
On behalf of India, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will preside over the deliberations of the 58-member Governing Council (GC) of the UN-Habitat for the next two years.

20. Who has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of France on May 15, 2017?
Edouard Philippe.

21. IFS officer and Press Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee who has been appointed as India's Ambassador to the Netherlands?
Venu Rajamony.

22. Who became the leading wicket-taker in the history of the women’s ODIs, surpassing the previous record holder Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record tally of 180 wickets?
Jhulan Goswami (India).
She took her 181st wicket in India’s win against South Africa, beating the record of Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Goswami made her international debut in 2002 against England and has played in 10 Tests, 153 ODIs and 60 Twenty20s. The fast bowler was also named the International Cricket Council’s women’s cricketer of the year in 2007.

23. Name the prominent, award-winning Mexican journalist famed for fearlessly covering drug cartels who was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on May 15, 2017?

Javier Valdez.
Javier was a Mexican journalist and founder of Riodoce, a newspaper based in Sinaloa. He received several international awards for his writings on drug trafficking and organized crime in the Mexican Drug War.

24. What is the name of Indian docudrama-biographical film, based on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar which was released on 26 May 2017?

Sachin: A Billion Dreams.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a 2017 Indian docudrama-biographical film directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions. It captures Tendulkar's cricket and personal life in substantial detail, as well as reveals few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before.

25. Central Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, passed away on May 18, 2017?

Anil Madhav Dave.
He was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Modi Government's cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016. He died of a cardiac arrest in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

26. Veteran actress, known for her performance in movies like 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and 'Kal Ho Na Ho' and TV shows 'Shrimaan Shrimati' and 'Tu Tu Main Main', died due to a cardiac arrest on May 18,2017?

Reema Lagoo.

27. The International Court of Justice on May 18, 2017 ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian Navy officer convicted of alleged espionage and terrorism, till it gives a final decision on New Delhi’s petition to annul his death sentence. Who is that Indian Navy Officer?
Kulbhushan Jadhav.
In April, a military court of Pakistan sentenced him to death for alleged involvement in spying and subversive activities. India has contended he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar and his secret trial was a “farce”.

28. Which club is the winner of the 2016–17 Coppa Italia?
Juventus won the match (2–0) defeating Lazio in the final. This is their third consecutive Coppa Italia title and 12th title overall.

29. Filmmaker who has been chosen for the prestigious J.C. Daniel Award for 2016?
Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
 The J.C. Daniel Award, conferred by the Kerala State government annually in recognition to an individual’s contributions to Malayalam cinema, carries a purse of ₹1 lakh, a plaque, and a citation.

30. British actor best known for playing James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985, passed away on May 23, 2017?

Roger Moore.
Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, and made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973). He is best known for playing the dashing spy James Bond, a role he mastered in seven films from Live and Let Die (1973) to A View to a Kill (1985). Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for "services to charity". In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television and in film.

31. American professional motorcycle racer who won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006, passed away on May 22, 2017?
Nicky Hayden.
Nicholas Patrick Hayden, nicknamed "The Kentucky Kid", was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Italy. He suffered a traumatic brain injury.

32. The Supreme Court in Spain has upheld a 21-month prison sentence for Argentine footballer and his father in the appeal of their tax fraud case. Who is that footballer?
Lionel Messi.
In Spain, prison terms of less than two years can be served under probation. Hence, neither are expected to serve any jail time.

33. Which is the first metro project in India to have an underwater tunnel? 
The Kolkata Metro.
The tunneling work under the Hooghly River, the first such underwater project in the country, to provide metro connectivity between Howrah and Kolkata.

34. Which country becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, after a landmark ruling by the constitutional court?
Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on May 24, 2017, punctuating year’s long campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies.

35. Which club won the 2016-2017 FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup?
Arsenal defeated Chelsea in final.

36. Which club won the Copa del Rey-2017, an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams?

37. Who has been reelected as the President of Iran?
Hassan Rouhani.
He became the third Iranian President, after Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to win a presidential victory as an incumbent with an increased electoral mandate.

38. Parliament of which country has passed legislation making it easier to deport failed asylum seekers and monitor those deemed dangerous in a move that has been slammed by opposition parties and rights groups as an assault on the rights of refugees. 

39. Which team won the Federation Cup Football-2017?
Bangalore FC.

40. Which country beat Colombia to win the gold medal in the Archery World Cup held in Shanghai?
India’s compound men’s archery team consisting of Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh defeated Colombia in the final.

41. Who has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Ireland?
Leo Varadkar.

42. Which team won Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 title defeating Rising Pune Supergiant at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad?
Mumbai Indians.

43. Name the world's lightest satellite weighing a mere 64 grams which was designed by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team?
Kalam SAT is a Femto Satellite and widely-claimed to be the world's lightest satellite, named after former Indian president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

44. Which team won the 2016–17 La Liga?
 Real Madrid
Real Madrid became champions for the first time since the 2011–12 season. En route to their 33rd championship, Real Madrid became the first side to score in every match of their Liga campaign.

45. Scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam. What is the name of that  new organism - a form of a bacteria ?
Solibacillus kalamii.
Till date, the new organism - a form of bacteria - has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth.

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