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Current Affairs 2009
General knowledge and Current Affairs constitute a major part of all competitive
examinations.Hope this will be Useful for all State PSC ,UPSC ,SSC ,Bank PO ,Railways

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(RRBs) tests etc. Also useful for those preparing for various Quiz competitions with lot of trivia
questions included useful for schools and college students

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JANUARY 2009
1. The new federal agency approved by the Indian Government to combat terror in India
which will be empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special
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National Investigation Agency.

2. Who is appointed as Director General of the newly established National Investigation


Agency (NIA).?

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Radha Vinod Raju, Special Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir

3. “Man of the series” of recently held One Day series between Australia & South Africa?
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Albie Morkel

4. Who became the country’s youngest international referee, after passing the world body
FIBA’s exam ?
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Zanim Mohammed Hashim from Thalassery, Kerala


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5. The first Indian to win the prestigious Golden Globe Award for Best Original Music
Score ?

A.R.Rahman for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.


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Rahman’s song ‘Jai Ho,’ penned by lyricist Gulzar, was nominated for Best Original Music
Score.

6. Which Malayalam Writer won the “Odakkuzhal Award ” ?


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K.G.Sankara Pillai

7. Who became the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in one-day internationals ?


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Ajantha Mendis , completed his 50-wicket haul in his 19th one-day international. He surpassed
the record of India's Ajit Agarkar who took 23 matches to reach the milestone.
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8. Who has been appointed as the General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office
of Management and Budget in the upcoming administration of U.S.President Barack
Obama?

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Preeta Bansal, Leading Indian-American lawyer

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9. Name the Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile with speeds of Mach 2.5 to 2.8, which is
world's fastest cruise missile and is about three and a half times faster than the U.S.A's
subsonic Harpoon cruise missile?

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Brahmos, The acronym 'BrahMos' is perceived as the confluence of the two nations represented
by two great rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.

10. Who is the Man of the Series in the recently held Zimbabwe –Bangladesh One Day
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Series held in Bangladesh?

Shakib Al Hasan

11. The first Bangladesh player to top one of the International Cricket Council's player
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rankings?

Shakib Al Hasan He tops the ICC ODI Rankings for all-rounders


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12. Jharkhand Chief Minister who resigned from his post following his defeat in the Tamar
assembly by-poll?
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Shibu Soren

13. Music Sensation A.R.Rahman won how many Oscar nominations for the film “Slumdog
Millionaire” ?
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Three nominations (Music, Songs (Jai Ho, O Saya))

14. Indian sound engineer from Mumbai, born in Kerala, nominated for the Oscars for
Best sound mixing in 'Slumdog Millionaire’?
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Rasool Pookutty

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15. Which film won most number of Oscar Nominations in 2008?

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with 13 Oscar nominations.

16. Name the founder and Chairman of Satyam Computers until January 7, 2009 when he

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resigned from the Satyam board after admitting to corporate fraud of 7000 crore rupees ?

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Ramalinga Raju
17. The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor Sr., who was sentenced to 97
years in prison for charges including torture and conspiracy, according to a federal court
in Florida. ?
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Charles McArthur Emmanuel


He also known as Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr.

18. Who is BBC African Footballer of the Year 2008


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Egyptian footballer Mohamed Aboutrika

19. The new model car launched by Fiat India Automobiles Ltd in India during fist quarter
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Fiat Linea

20. Who is the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab?

Sukhbir Singh Badal

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21. The 50th anniversary of the Triumph of a country’s Revolution is observed on this year
January? Which revolution?

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Cuban Revolution

22. The Three Indian cricketing legends, who figured among the 55 former players named
in the ICC`s inaugural Hall of Fame list as part of its centenary celebrations ?

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Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Bishan Singh Bedi

23. The Chief Financial Officer of Satyam Computers, who was remanded to judicial
custody charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery of accounts?

Srinivas Vadlamani

24. Who is the new President of Ghana?


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John Atta Mills

25. Name of the Bacteria developed by Australian Scientists to prevent Dengue Fever by
infecting the dengue mosquito with that bacterium which halves its lifespan?
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Wolbachia bacterium

26. Who became the youngest chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir?
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Omar Abdulla
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27. Who is the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir?

Tara Chand

28. Which team won the Ranji Trophy for the season 2008-2009?
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Mumbai, they beat Utharpradesh to clinch the title.

29. Who is the fifth New Zealand Cricket player to score a century in his debut?
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Martin Guptill, he scored 122 runs (not out) against West Indies in his debut match
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30. Prem Nazir Award is won by?

Malayalam Actor, Jayaram

31. The fourth Thikkurissi Foundation Award is won by?

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Malayalam Actor, Balachandra Menon

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32. Dadasaheb Phalke award winner and noted film-maker who died recently at a hospital
in Kolkata after a prolonged illness?

Tapan Sinha

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33. The Australian Cricketer who retired recently from international cricket?

Mathew Hayden

34. Which player’s performance is counted as the best ever Test Innings of 2008 selected by
Cricinfo?
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Virender Sehwag, his double century against Sri Lanka
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Best Bowling performance : Dale Steyn against Australia in Melbourne , he took 5 wicket s for
67 runs.

35. The first player in the history of cricket to score 10,000 runs and 250wickets in both
tests and One Day internationals?
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Jacques Kallis

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36. Name of the world’s cheapest car launched by Tata Motors in Mumbai?
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Nano

37. Music wizard A.R.Rahman won Oscars for which categories?


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Best Original Score and Best Original Song (Jai Ho) for the film “Slum dog Millionaire”.
38. Which documentary won the Oscar award for best Documentary (Short)?

Smile Pinki, directed by Megan Mylan depicts the tale of an Utharpradesh girl and her fight
against the social stigma of a cleft lip.

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39. The West Indian Umpire who has officiated in a record 126 tests and 179 ODIs who
decided to retire recently from International matches?

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Steve Bucknor

40. The Indian sound engineer who won Oscar for his brilliant sound mixing works of the
film “Slum dog Millionaire”

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Resul Pookutty
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41. The new Chief Justice of Madras High Court ?

Hemant Laxman Gokhale


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42. The telecom sector which started third Generation (3G) mobile services recently in 11
cities of India?

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL)


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43. Sri Lankan batsmen who smashed double hundreds during world record stand of 437
for the fourth wicket partnership against Pakistan?
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Mahela Jayawardhane (240) and Thilan Samaraweera(231)

44. Who won the Miss India Worldwide 2009 title ?


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Nikkitasha Marhawa, Indian-American from Chicago clinch the 18th Miss India World wide
2009 title.

45. The new money back plan launched by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)in February
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16 ?

Jeevan Varsha
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46. Who was named Jamaica’s Sportsman of the year for 2008 ?

Triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.

47. The teenager who acted as the main character of “slum dog millionaire ” ?

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Dev Patel

48. Which novel has been chosen as the Romantic Novel of the year 2009?

“East of the Sun” set in 1920s by Welsh author Julia Gregson

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49. Britan’s Royal Mail issued a set of stamps on February-12 to mark the 200th
Anniversary of the birth of a famous Scientist? Who is he ?
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Charles Darwin

50. Who is appointed as coach/manager of Chelsea, the premier league club ?

Guus Hiddink, Russian coach


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51. Recently the IPL Drug Tribunal has imposed a 12-month ban on a Pakistani Cricket
player for consuming a banned substance, Nandralone during the inaugural season of
Indian Premiere League. Who is he?
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Muhammed Asif
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52. The new Prime Minister of Zimbzbwe ?

Morgan Tsvangirai

53. Newly elected President of Bangladesh ?


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Zillur Rahman

54. Noted Hindustani Classical Vocalist who was presented with Bharath Ratna, country’s
highest civilian award ?

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Bhim Sen Joshi

55. "”Slumdog Millionire “ got how many BAFTA awards (British Academy of film and
Television Arts)

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7 awards including Best Director, Best Film…etc
A.R.Rahman won the BAFTA award for the music of this film.
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56. Name of India’s Second humanoid robot which was formally unveiled during Quark-
2009, the technical festival at Goa?

Acyut-2
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57. Name the Indian who awarded a honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of
Cambridge, where he served as the Master of Trinity College for six years.

Amartya Sen
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58. Who was named African Footballer of the Year 2008?

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor


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59. Name the Union Minister for Small Scale Industries in the UPA government who was
on charged in a murder case recently ?
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Mahavir Prasad

60. The two ships, commissioned by the Indian Navy on 16 February 2009, at Chennai,
which are the first two in a series of ten water jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) being built at
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Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, GRSE, Kolkata ?.

INS Carnicobar and INS Chetlat


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61. Name the 13-YEAR-OLD boy who has become a father in Britain, his wife is just 15.

Alfie Patten. His girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to Maisie Roxanne in Eastbourne
Hospital, East Sussex

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62. 17th Dulip Trophy Cricket title is won by?
West Zone

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63. Which Indian player won BCCI Payer of the year Award?

Virender Sehwag (The award is also known as Polly Umrigar Award)

64. The Indian Musician among the four international musicians to be awarded Grammy

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for their ‘Global Drum’ project. ?

Zakir Hussain, along with musicians Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo, has
been awarded the coveted gramophone for ‘The Global Drum’ in the Best Contemporary World
Music Album category.

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65. Which players were named joint winners of the Allan Border medal of 2008?

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clark


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66. Who won the Australian Open junior title ?

Yuki Bhambri. He becomes the first Indian to win the Australian Open junior title. He outplayed
his German opponent Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas to win the Junior Boys title in the
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Australian Open.

67. Who won the Australian Open women singles title of this year ?
Serena Williams
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68. Who won the Man of the Match award in the two 20-20 Cricket matches between India
and New Zealand?
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Brendon McCullum

69. Who won Rotterdam Open title after beating world number one Rafael Nadal?
Andy Murray of Britain
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70. World Cup Cricket 2011 final will be held in which venue ?
Wankade Stadium, Mumbai.
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71. Japan's Finance Minister who has resigned, amid claims that he was drunk at a recent
G7 meeting?
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Shoichi Nakagawa

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72. ST OSCAR AWARDS- ALL RESULTS

1. ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

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Penelope Cruz (VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA)

2. WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREEN PLAY)

Dustin Lance Black (MILK)

3. WRITING (ADAPTED SCREEN PLAY)

Simon Beaufoy (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)


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4. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)


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5. SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)


Kunio Kato( LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES)
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6. ART DIRECTION

Donald Graham Burt (Art Direction); Victor J. Zolfo (Set Decoration) (THE CURIOUS CASE
OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)
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7. COSTUME DESIGN
Michael O'Connor (THE DUCHESS)

8. MAKE UP
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Greg Cannom (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)

9. CINEMATOGRAPHY
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Anthony Dod Mantle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)


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10. SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Jochen Alexander Freydank (SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)

11. ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE

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Heath Ledger (THE DARK KNIGHT)

12. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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James Marsh and Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE)

13. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


Megan Mylan (SMILE PINKI)

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14. VISUAL EFFECTS:
Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN
BUTTON)
15. SOUND EDITING
Richard King (THE DARK KNIGHT)
16. SOUND MIXING
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Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)

17. FILM EDITING


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Chris Dickens ((SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)
18. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
DEPARTURES – Japan

19. BEST FEATURE FILM.


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SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE

20. BEST DIRECTOR


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Danny Boyle (SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE)


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21. BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Sean Penn (MILK)

22. BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE


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Kate Winslet (THE READER)

23. JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD (SPECIAL HONOR)


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Jerry Lewis (Comedic film and humanitarian work)


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24. BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Smile Pinki –( Director-Megan Mylan )

25. BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire – A. R. Rahman (music), Gulzar (lyrics)
26. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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A. R. Rahman (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE )

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MARCH-2009
73. Women’s Cricket World Cup -2009 won by?

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England. They beat New Zealand in the Final by 4 wickets Nicki Shaw was named player of the
match and Claire Taylor is the player of the tournament.
The first tournament was held in England in 1973 which also won by England. India never won
the World Cup
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74. Women’s Cricket World Cup -2009 is held in ?

Australia.
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Next world cup is in 2013 which will be held in India.

75. Who won the Man of the Match award in the first Test between India and New Zealand
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at Hamilton, New Zealand?

Sachin Tendulkar
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76. Name the Hungarian Prime Minister resigned after facing mounting criticism over his
government's handling of the country's economic crash.
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Ferenc Gyurcsany
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77. Who is reinstated as chief justice of Pakistani Supreme Court after a series of protests
and political turmoil

Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry

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78. First elected female state premier in its history of Australia after a vote in Queensland.
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Anna Bligh

79. Name the Sudanese opposition leader who has been released from prison, having been
detained for two months for calling on Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's president, to hand himself
over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).?

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Hassan al-Turabi

80. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief who recently visited India to discuss the
security situation in South Asia.?
Leon Penetta
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81. Former Indian captain who equalled Mark Waugh's world record of 181 Test catches
in opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton?
Rahul Dravid
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82. Which country will host the second version of IPL, i.e. IPL-2009?

South Africa
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83. Who has been selected for the 18th Aravindan Award instituted by the Chalachithra
Film Society?
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Marathi film-maker Paresh Mokashi

84. British reality TV star died at the age of 27 with cervical cancer, who became famous
after appearing on the UK’s Big Brother reality Show?
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Jade Gudi
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85. Who won World Boxing Association (WBA) International and World Boxing
Organisation (WBO) Inter-Continental lightweight titles in this year?

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British boxer Amir Khan

86. Who became Madagascar's acting president after the army ended a months-long power
struggle and swept him to power?

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Andry Rajoelina, he is only 34-year-old.

87. Who is appointed as the new chief of the Indian Air Force?
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Air Marshal PV Naik

88. Name the computer institute of Kerala which has made an entry into the Limca Book of
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Records for the largest number of students in a single centre?

Sree Sankaracharya Computer Centre (SSCT), in Kannur district


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89. Who has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United States of
America?

Meera Shankar
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90. Name the Indian-American who last week was appointed Federal Chief Technology
Officer by President Barack Obama
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Vivek Kundra,

He was reinstated to his job by Barack Obama at the White House, five days after he went on
leave following Federal Bureau of Investigation's raids at his previous office, in a corruption case

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related to employees working there. He returned to the job after it became clear that he was not
the 'target of investigations.

91. Name the Indian-American who is appointed as Assistant Secretary for Legislative
Affairs Washington by U.S.President Barack Obama?
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Richard Verma
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92. Name the Monster like father who held his Daughter as Sex-Slave Prisoner in Cellar for
24 years and gave birth to 7 children?
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Joseph Fritzl
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93. Country which has been suspended by The African Union from the continental body,
saying the replacement of the island nation's president by an army-backed politician
constitutes a coup.

Madagascar

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94. Who was unanimously re-elected to North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament recently?

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Kim Jong Il

95. The Russian Mobile Company which launched its CDMA-based mobile services in
Kerala circle after Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan?

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MTS, (Mobile Tele Systems)
MTS brand is under Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited which is a joint venture company
between Sistema (LSE: SSA) of Russia and Shyam Group of India

96. Which Tennis Player has won WTA Player of the Year award-2009?

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Serena Williams. This is her Second WTA Player of the Year award. She won the same in 2002.

97. The first person to be certified as a survivor of both US atomic bombings at the end of
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the Second World War?
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Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a 93-year-old Japanese man who was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6
August 1945 when a US B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city.
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98. Which Indian will replace football star David Beckham, who has been endorsing
Motorola as its global brand ambassador?
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A.R.Rahman.
It is learnt that Rahman has been paid a whopping Rs.28 Crore for this particular endorsement
deal. This makes him the highest paid Indian celebrity for any such product.

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South Africa ?

South Africa

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(They beat Australia by 2-0).

100. Who is appointed as the Second Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia?

Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz

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101. Who are the winners of Indian Open Badminton Title in 2009 ?

Men’s Single Title- Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia)


Women’s Single Title- Pi Hongyan ( France)

102. First national female judge of Dubai?


Judge Ibtisam Rashid Badwawi
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103. New Prime Minister of Israel ?

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel's Likud party

104. Who is appointed as Administrator of the United Nationals Development


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Programme(UNDP)?
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Helen Clark

105. Who is named to the “Order of Companions of O R Tambo in Gold”, one of the
highest state honours of South Africa?
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Cuban President Fidel Castro

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106. Who is the new Prime Minister of Malaysia ?
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

107. The US billionaire who roared into space aboard a Russian rocket, making history as
the first tourist to make the epic journey twice?

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Charles Simonyi

108. The country which re-enters NATO's (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) military
command after more than 40 years?
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France

109. Who has been appointed as the new Captain of Sri Lankan Cricket Team?
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Kumar Sangakkara

110. Who wins Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award for Europe and South
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Asia region ?

Jhumpa Lahiri for her book 'Unaccustomed Earth'


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111. Who purchased Mahatma Gandhi’s personal belongings which include Gandhiji’s
iconic round-rimmed spectacles, a pocket watch, a pair of sandals, a plate and bowl and
letters of authenticity for USD 1.8 million at an auction in New York from the owner,
James Otis?
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Vijay Mallya.
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112. Palestinian Prime Minister who submitted his resignation in a move that could help
usher in a power-sharing deal between Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas and
his rivals in the militant group Hamas?

Salam Fayyad

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113. Home Secretary of India?

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Gopala Krishna Pillai. He would assume charge after Madhukar Gupta, the present Home
Secretary, retires on March 31. At present G.K. Pillai is the Commerce Secretary.

114. The president of Guinea-Bissau, who was assassinated by the military in a retaliatory
attack for the killing of the army chief of the volatile and drug-corrupted west African

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state?.

Jo Bernardo Vieira

115. Fast bowler who has announced his retirement from international cricket after eight
years of service for South Africa?

Andre Nel
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116. The son of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath , 46 years after his mother gassed
herself while he slept?
Nicholas Hughes
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Sylvia Plath with her son Nicholas Hughe. He was only a baby when she committed suicide.

APRIL 2009
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117. The 21st Arab League (AL) summit to discuss a package of major issues, including the
Palestinian cause, the peace process in the Middle East, improvement of inter-Arab
relations and the situation in Sudan was held at ?
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Doha, capital of Qatar

118. G-20 Summit which is the world's 20 largest developed and developing nations
meeting was held at?

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London

119. Lawyer from the Maharashtra Service Legal Authority, who had been appointed to

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represent Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Amir Kasab and withdrew from the case
later in response of several protests.

Anjali Wghmare

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120. Maruti Suzuki has decided to stop two selling models, from 11 cities, including the
four metros, from 2010 due to tighter emission norms. Which are they?

Maruti-800 and Omni

Cricket Association?
Javed Miandad
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121. Former cricket player of Pakistan who was appointed as an adviser to the Chinese
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122. Bollywood actor and politician who has been appointed the General Secretary of
Samajwadi Party.

Sanjay Dutt
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123. Name the Thai citizen who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting the king of
Thailand and his family by posting edited photos of the monarchy on the Internet?

Suwicha Thakho
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124. At the time of its final broadcast on September 18, 2009, the teleserial which will have
spanned 72 years and more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio?
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Guiding Light

125. Mahatma Gandhi is remembered in a very special way in a small village in India by
worshipping his idol in a temple? Where is it?
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The temple at Bhatra Village in Sambalpur town in Orissa

126. England All rounder who made the first hat-trick of his international career in the
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recent One Day series against West Indies?

Andrew Flintoff
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127. Name the Slovakia's president who wins second term in office after defeating the first
woman to reach a runoff vote?

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Ivan Gasparovic

128. Who won the Sony Ericsson Open final by beating Serena Williams which is held in

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Miami?

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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus

129. Who was the 'man of the series' in the Test series against New Zealand which India
won 1-0 to script a series win in that country after 41 years?
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Gautham Gambhir

130. India signed three pacts with a gulf country for strengthening cooperation in science
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and technology, education and culture as they pledged to contribute to each other's well
being and prosperity. Which is that country?
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Kuwait

131. Kiran Sikri, a consumer who was penalised by a bank in India despite cancelling her
loan. After her complaint, she was awarded a compensation of Rs.25,000/-by the Consumer
Commission which found the bank guilty of deficiency of service in that case. Name that
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Bank?

ICICI
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132. The country in which state of emergency declared recently by its Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva, with troops firing shots into the air in an attempt to control anti-
government protesters, some of whom stormed the country's interior ministry?
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Thailand

133. Who is appointed as the new President and CEO of Mahindra Life space Developers?

Anita Arjundas

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134. Country which regained the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title after a 13-year gap,
defeating hosts Malaysia 3-1 in the final of the five-nation tournament?

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India

135. Which IT Company won the bid for India's fourth largest software exporter Satyam
Computer?

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Tech Mahindra, the IT arm of auto major Mahindra and Mahindra.

Tech Mahindra's winning bid was of Rs.1,757 Crore ($351.4 million) for 31 percent stake in the
scam-tainted IT giant “Satyam”

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136. Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza lifted her first WTA title of the year, teaming up with a
Chinese Player to clinch the women's doubles trophy at the USD 220,000 MPS Group
Championships in Florida. Who is she?
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Chia-Jung Chuang

137. Who became the first Indian sports personality to be featured at the Madame
Tussaud's wax museum in London?
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Sachin Tendulkar

138. Recently a German Luxury carmaker has launched a Limited Edition of its E-Class
cars in India? Name the Company?
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Mercedes Benz
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The Mercedes Benz E-Class Limited Edition is priced at Rs 43.4 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

139. The First Dog who joined US President Barack Obama and his family at the White
House on April 14, 2009?
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140. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) recently launched its much awaited white-
labelled credit card in tie up with an Indian Bank? Which Bank?

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Corporation Bank

141. Who is selected as the captain of The Wisden Test XI of 2008, which recognises the

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best Test cricketers and endorses Test cricket as the highest, most skilled form of the game.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team includes Indians Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar,
Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan.

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142. The journalist who threw a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram at a press
conference protesting against the minister's reply on his question on CBI's clean chit to
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 Sikh riots case?

Jarnail Singh, a senior reporter of Dainik Jagran

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143. The Indian Company which managed to buy its French partner Group Danone's 50%
stake in ABI Holdings, which controls 51% equity interest in biscuit major Britannia
Industries.
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The Nusli Wadia group

Nusli N Wadia, is the chairman of Britannia Industries,


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144. Who is re-appointed as Fiji’s interim prime minister despite a Court of Appeal’s
decision last week declaring his 2006 military coup illegal?

Commodore Frank Bainimarama


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145. Leading Afghan rights activist who was killed by Taliban cowards after leaving
meeting in Kandahar, Afghanistan?
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Sitara Achakzai

146. Rifle-shooter who won the gold in the three position event in the Chongwon World
Cup in South Korea, becoming the first Indian to win two medals in a single ISSF World
Cup?
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Gagan Narang

147. Which Zimbabwe captain named as the new coach of England Cricket Team for the
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recent series against West Indies and the Ashes?


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Andy Flower

148. Who is appointed as the new US Ambassador to India?

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Tim Roemer .w
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149. Which country’s teams are qualified for the next World Cup Cricket in 2011?

Canada, Kenya, Holland, Ireland

150. Name the American Journalist who was accused with charges amounting to Espionage
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for the U S, and was sentenced to eight years in Prison by the Judicial Council of IRAN last
week?

Rooksana Saberi
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151. Which Tennis player who won his 5th straight Monte Carlo Masters Trophy, also
known as "Open Barcelona", more commonly known as the "Godó Trophy"?
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Rafel Nadal
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152. Name the British Tv Actress who committed suicide after the last episode of her
teleserial “Belonging” which was present on BBC Wales?

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Stephanie Parker

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153. Who has been appointed as the new Supreme Court Registrar of India?

Ashok Menon

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154. Who is the 16th Chief election commissioner of India?

Naveen Chawla
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155. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev removed the head of the powerful military
intelligence agency recently after he opposed sweeping reforms of the country's lumbering
armed forces. Who is he?

General Valentin Korabelnikov


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156. Who is appointed as the new chief and managing director (CMD) of Air India
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Mr. E.K. Bharat Bhushan

157. Who defeated I-League champions Churchill Brothers by 2-1 in the one-off Super Cup
tie at the Devilal Sports Complex in Gurgaon on 26th April and won their third trophy of
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the season?

Mohun Bagan
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158. Who was named as the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of
the Year for the first time despite starting just 12 league games this season?

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Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

159. Bollywood actor once called “the Clint Eastwood of the East” because of his maverick
roles and manly swagger, died recently at Bangalore?

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Feroz Khan
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160. World Cup Cricket -2011 final will be held in?

Wankade Stadium, Mumbai


The cricket world cup will be held in 3 countries.
29 matches in India, 12 matches in Sri Lanka, 8 matches in Bangladesh.
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161. Indian Premiere League(IPL)-2009 Facts:


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First Six of IPL 09-Abhishek Nayar


First Four (Boundary) of IPL 09-Sanath Jayasurya
First wicket of IPL 09-Thilan Thushara
First Man of the Match of IPL 09-Sachin Tendulkar
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First Century of IPL 09-AB de villiers

May 2009
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162. Who has become the first person in the World to have a full face transplant?
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Connie Culp

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Connie Culp after face transplantation

Connie was shot by her husband, who also shot himself afterwards, but both of them survived.
She lost her nose and needed tracheotomy to be able to breathe and the whole surgery took 22
hours.

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Connie Culp-Earlier Photo

163. Name the Delhi-based automotive tyre maker, which announced the acquisition of
Dutch-tyre firm Vredestein Banden BV, a subsidiary of Russia’s largest tyre manufacturer
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Amtel-Vredestein which went bankrupt last month.


Apollo Tyres Ltd

164. Who is reappointed as Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO) for a


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second term of four years as from 1 September 2009?


Pascal Lamy

165. The South Korean blogger who was arrested in January and accused by the
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government of spreading false information about the worsening global economy, was
acquitted recently?
Park Dae-sung, as a financial blogger, he published posts in his blog named Minerva
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166. Who has been selected as the new Chief Coach for the Indian Men's Hockey team?
Jose Brasa of Spain

167. Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav recently rejected the Maoist led government's
decision to sack the army chief, pushing the country further into political crisis that
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threatens to derail the two-and-half-year-old peace process. Name the army chief?
Rukmangat Katuwal
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168. First concert of A.R.Rahman after winning the Oscar award was held in?
Kozhikkode (Kerala) on May 3

169. The 16-year-old Delhi boy, who has won his second International Tennis Federation
(ITF) title by defeating South African opponent Raven Klaasen at the DLTA complex on

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Saturday (May 2)?
Yuki Bhambri

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170. Name the Sri Lankan journalist and editor, who was assassinated on 8 January of this
year, has been named as the laureate of the 2009 World Press Freedom Prize by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Lasantha Wickrematunge

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171. Who won his record fourth Rome Masters title, beating defending champion Novak
Djokovic
Rafael Nadal

172. Former South Korean President who committed suicide by leaping to his death from a
hill behind his house?
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Roh Moo-Hyun
Roh, who was president from 2003 to 2008. Roh's death came amid an investigation into a
bribery scandal that had tarnished his reputation
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173. A British charity fundraiser who won the "best job in the world" i.e., caretaker of an
Australian tropical island — after an innovative marketing campaign that highlighted the
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power of social media?

Ben Southal

174. Name the chief of the Anti Crime Cell of Indonesia who is arrested recently for a
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murder case?

Ansari Azhar
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175. Who is appointed as the Country Director of Western Union Financial services for its
India operations ?
Kiran Shetty
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176. Who has won the Chess Oscar for the third time, the game's most prestigious annual
award?
Viswanathan Anand

177. Who was sworn in as South Africa's new president?

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Jacob Zuma
He becomes fourth democratically-elected president of the country since the end of apartheid in

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1994.

178. Which country won the gold medal in the recurve team event of the archery World
Cup Stage II at Porec, Croatia?

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India.
India’s fearsome threesome of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia
defeated Russian Federation by 220 points to 218.

Italy won the bronze beating China 221-219.

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179. Who won the Spanish Grand Prix Car race title?
Britain's Jenson Button
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180. The First South Indian(Malayalee) who has been appointed as the secretary of
Supreme Court of India ?

M.P.Bhadran
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181. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI prudential
Life?
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V.Vaidyanathan
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182. Indian-origin anti-apartheid activist who has been inducted into South African
President Jacob Zuma's cabinet, taking the number of people from the community in the
government to seven.
Maggie Govender
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183. Who won Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, recently ?

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Steven Gerrard

184. Which team rallied for a 4-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao for its record 25th Spanish
King’s Cup title?

Barcelona .w
185. In a case prosecuted by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, a
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federal judge sentenced an investment adviser, age 38, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, to
ten years in federal prison on federal mail and wire fraud for defrauding his investment
advisory clients. Who is he ?

Amit Mathur
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186. Which team won the Copa Italia Football title ?

Lazio
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Lazio beat Sampdoria(6-5)


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187. The new model car launched by Maruti in May-2009?

Ritz
188. Britain's first Muslim minister resigned from office Seeking to clear his name from
media accusations of breaching his ministerial code over expenses?
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Shahid Malik

189. Which team won the 18th English Premiere league title 2009 by holding off Arsenal to
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a draw?

Manchester United
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190. India’s largest direct-to-home service and part of the biggest media conglomerate, Zee
Group which announced their association with ‘Microsoft Xbox 360 Arcade’, the next
generation video gaming and entertainment system on their platform?

Dish TV

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191. Former South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce president who has been elected
Vice President of Federation of International Film Producers Association [FIAF] for 2009 –

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2011?

P.V Gangadharan, It is for the first time an Indian arrives in the prestigious position

192. LTTE(Liberation Tigers o f Tamil Eelam) leader who was killed by Sri Lankan Army

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?

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Velupillai Prabhakaran
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193. Who sets world record over 150 meters in 14.35 seconds on the streets of Manchester?

Usain Bolt, the reigning world record holder at 100m and 200m, sets the world record over 150
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meters

194. The first British Speaker to be forced out of office in over 300 years because of his
handling of a scandal on MPs'expenses?
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Michael Martin

195. Self-styled god man of Kerala who was sentenced to 16 years of rigorous
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imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 2,10,000 for raping two minor girls?

Santhosh Madhavan (Swamy Amrutha Chaithanya)


196. Who is the new Prime Minister of Kuwait?
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Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah


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197. The only Indian who hit a century in IPL?

Maneesh Pandey (114 Not Out) of Bangalore Royal challengers


Only two players have century in IPL-2009, the other is Ab Devilliers(105 Not Out) of Delhi
Dare Devils

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198. Orange Cap Holder of DLF IPL 2009(It is given for the player who is the leading run
scorer in the match.)?

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Mathew Hayden of Chennai Super Kings. He scored 572 runs

199. Purple Cap holder of DLF IPL 2009(It is given for the player who is the leading wicket
taker in the match)

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R.P.Singh(23 Wickets)

200. Man of the match in the final of IPL-2009 ?

Anil Kumble(16 /4 in 4 overs)

201. IPL-2009 is held in ?


South Africa
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202. IPL-2009 is won by ?
Deccan Chargers, they beat Bangalore Royal Challengers in the final.

203. UEFA Cup, European trophy, which has been won by a Ukrainian team for the first
time in the history of Ukrainian football?
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Shakhtar

204. Name the Malawi's President who has been sworn in for a second five-year term
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recently ?
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Bingu wa Mutharika
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205. Name THE WORLD'S oldest blogger, Spanish great-grandmother who had a global
following, has died at the age of 97.
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Maria Amelia Lopez,

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According to the AP, her first post on December 23, 2006 said that her grandson, who is very
stingy, gave her a blog for her birthday. Her site had more than 1.5 million hits.
Their blog address: http://www.amis95.blogspot.com/

206. Veteran communist leader who has been sworn in as the Nepal’s new prime minister?

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Madhav Kumar Nepal
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207. Veteran freedom-fighter and soldier of the INA, who served as the driver of Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose, died at his house at Mathil, near Payyanur in Kannur district of
Kerala?
A Chindan Nair
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208. Who is appointed as the next chief of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space
Administration)?
Charles F. Bolden Jr
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Bolden is a former astronaut who was involved in several critical missions for the US Space
Agency.
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209. Who was re-elected to the largely ceremonial post of German president recently for a
second five-year term?
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Horst Kohler

210. An American scientist whose work helped lead to the development of the anti-
impotency drug Viagra, died at the age of 92 in Seattle?
Robert F Furchgott

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211. Who won the Monaco Grand Prix Car race title?

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Jenson Button(Britain)

212. Name the Civil rights activist, who was given bail by the Supreme Court, walked free
from Raipur jail after two years of incarceration?
Binayak Sen

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213. The country which started its first new overseas military base(named as Peace Camp)
since the end of the colonial era at Abudabi of UAE(United Arab Emirates)

France

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214. Who has been appointed the new Pro-Vice- Chancellor of the Kerala University?
J.Prabhash
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215. New President of Mongolia?
Tsakhiaglin Elbegdorj(Democratic Party)

216. Prasar Bharati Chairman who resigned recently because he was "dissatisfied" with
the functioning of the Board?
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Arun Bhatnagar

217. Man of the series of Natwest series between England and West Indies?
Stuart Broad
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England won the series by (2-0)

218. Who wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement?
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Alice Munro
This Canadian short story writer will get prize worth £60,000.
It was first awarded to Ismail Kadare in 2005 and then to Chinua Achebe in 2007.

219. New US Ambassador to India?


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Timothy J Roemer
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220. Who became etched in football history as the first Asian footballer to have played in
the final of Champions League?

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Park J-sung

221. Champions League-2009 is won by ?

Barcelona.

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Barcelona beat Manchester United highlights in the final by 2-0

222. Who is appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of TamilNadu ?


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M.K.Stalin

223. Who is appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Kerala State ?

Neela Gangadharan
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224. Who has been named winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award
(2008) for the second time, following her sensational gold medal winning performance at
the Beijing Olympics
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Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia’s Pole Vault player)


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225. Who has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 final?

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Kavya Shivashankar, a 13-year-old
old student from Olathe, Kansas, whose parents migrated to the
United States from India

June 2009

226. Who has been


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een appointed as the Chief of the Indian Air Force with effect from the
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afternoon of May 31, 2009?

Air Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik


227. Who is appointed as the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha in 2009?
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Meira Kumar
228. Who was elected as BJP's Parliame
Parliamentary
ntary party leader after the recent elections in
2009?
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L K Advani
229. Noted Malayalam writer and poetess, who earned fame for her works in English,
passed away recently, leaving behind a rich treasure of poems and stories of love?
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Kamala Das (also known as Kamala Surayya)


230. In which state FIFA will set up Soccer Academy for the first time in India?
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Kerala
231. Which team won the French League title for the first time since 1999.

Bordeaux

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232. Which country’s air jet vanished over the Atlantic Ocean carrying 216 passengers and
12 crew members after flying into a strong thunderstorm over the Atlantic Ocean and
signaling it had an electric problem?

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France
Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris
vanished over the Atlantic Ocean and no one survived.

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233. American President Barack Obama recently ushered the second car giant of the world
into bankruptcy protection and put the government behind the wheel of the company ?

General Motors Corp

234. Scottish singing sensation, who rose to fame on reality show “Britain’s Got Talent”
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but lost to dance group Diversity in the final, was admitted to a private clinic for treatment
for exhaustion (emotional breakdown)?
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Susan Boyle
235. The last survivor of the legendary ocean liner Titanic, which sank on its maiden
voyage in April 1912 after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic?
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Millvina Dean.
She aged 97 who died in England recently earlier known as Elizabeth Gladys Dean
11. Former senior diplomat who has been appointed as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's
special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control?
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Robert J. Einhorn

236. Organization of American States (OAS) recently agreed to lift the ban on a country
after 47 years? Which is that country?
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Cuba
237. Defence Minister of Australia who resigned recently, after saying he did not fully
comply with the ministerial code of conduct.

Joel Fitzgibbon

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238. American Actor who has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, whose extensive
record of on-screen appearances included the movie Kill Bill and the TV show Kung Fu,
was apparently found in a closet with a cord around his neck and around parts of his

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body?

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David Carradine
239. Grammy Award winner, who dubbed the “Queen of the Blues,” died recently in her
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native Chicago following complications from her May 19th surgery for gastrointestinal
bleeding?
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Koko Taylor
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240. Who is appointed as the new Home Secretary of India ?

G.K. Pillai (Gopal Krishna Pillai)


241. The J.C. Daniel Award for 2008 instituted by Kerala Government is won by?
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K. Ravindranathan Nair, popularly known as General Pictures Ravi.


242. Who is appointed as the General Manager of State Bank of India, Kerala Circle?
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V. Ramamoorthy.
243. Presidential candidate and minister in Guinea-Bissau who was shot dead when armed
men stormed into his house?
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Baciro Dabo
244. Who is the leader of the Indian Arctic expedition team?

Dr.Muhammad Hatha
245. Who wins French Open women's singles title 2009?

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Svetlana Kuznetsova She won her second Grand Slam title beating top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4,
6-2 in the French Open final.

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246. Which country becomes the first nation other than the hosts to qualify for the 2010
World Cup Football in South Africa after they beat Uzbekistan 1-0?

Japan
247. Indian scientists recently have cloned the world’s second buffalo just three months

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after the first one died of pneumonia within a week of birth. What is the name of that
buffalo?

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Garima
The calf, named Garima, was born at 11 a.m. at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI),
Karnal, and weighed 43 kg. The first cloned buffalo was born on February 6.
248. Who has won Formula One's Turkish Grand Prix ?
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Jenson Button
He won the Turkish Grand Prix for his sixth victory in seven Formula One Car races.
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249. Who wins French Open Men's Singletitle 2009?


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Roger Federer
Roger Fedrer defeated Robin Soderling in straight sets [6-1, 7-6, 6-4] to clinch the 2009 French
Open Men’s Single title at Roland Garro
Roger Federer has become the second man, after Pete Sampras to win the maximum number of
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Grand Slams.
Roger Federer is the first man since Andre Agassi to win all 4 Grand Slams and 6th player to do
so. Ironically, this is Federer’s first win at the French Open.
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250. CPI-M leader and Party State Secretary of Kerala who is included in the charge sheet
filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as one of the eight accused in the Rs.300
crore (Rs.3 billion) SNC Lavalin corruption scam?

Pinarayi Vijayan

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The Kerala state governor R S Gavai has allowed the prosecution proceedings against Pinarayi
vijayan who was the power minister in the E K Nayanar cabinet during 1996.
251. Eminent playwright and theatre artist, one of the greatest stalwarts of the Indian

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stage, was known for blending theatre, folk art and poetry in his works, died of a heart
attack in a city hospital in Bhopal recently?

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Habib Tanvir
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252. Who was unanimously elected as the new Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha by a voice
vote?
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Karia Munda(B.J.P)
253. Which country has become the world's second biggest military spender behind the
United States of America(U.S.A)?

China
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254. Who is appointed as Australia’s next High Commissioner to India?

Peter Varghese
255. Who has been appointed as the managing director of Volkswagen Group Sales India
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Private Limited?

Maik Stephan
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256. Mohun Bagan, one of the oldest football club of India recently suspended its captain
for six months from playing for the club, citing "violation of rules and regulations”. Name
that captain ?

Baichung Bhutia
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257. Which oil company decided to pay compensation to late Nigerian writer Ken Saro
Wiwa’s family and those of the other eight Ogoni leaders executed along with him in 1995
by the late General Sani Abacha military junta?
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Royal Dutch Shell


258. Which word is selected as the millionth word of the English Language?
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Web 2.0
"Web 2.0" refers to what is perceived as a second generation of web development and web
design. It is characterized as facilitating communication, information sharing, interoperability,
user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web. The term "Web 2.0" was coined
by Darcy DiNucci in her article "Fragmented Future,"

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in 1999.
259. Name the Jamaican sprinter who won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
award for his record-breaking performance in the Beijing Olympics.

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Usain Bolt
260. Name the Portuguese footballer and Manchester United winger who set a world
record transfer fee of 80 million pound (130 million U.S. dollars) as he signed a six-year
deal with Real Madrid Club ?

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Cristiano Ronaldo
261. Which is the 112th element on the Periodic table?

Ununbium
Ununbium, element 112, has recently been added to the periodic table,
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Ununbium was first created on February 9, 1996 by Sigurd Hofmann at the Centre for Heavy Ion
Research in Darmstadt, Germany.Ununbium is not the element's official name; the temporary
moniker was given by IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and comes
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from "ununbi", or "one one two" in Latin.
262. Which Foreign university conferred Former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam
with honorary Doctorate of Laws for distinction in public service?

Queen’s University Belfast, a prominent varsity based in Northern Ireland


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263. Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister who decided to resign over a
conflict about the reappointment of the president of government-owned Japan Post,
Yoshifumi Nishikawa?
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Kunio Hatoyama
264. Senior Nepali Congress leader and the country’s first deputy woman Prime Minister
who had been suffering from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s died recently at the age of 65 ?
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Shailaja Acharya
265. Newly elected President of Iran ?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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266. A 136-year-old stamped envelope known to collectors as "The Ice House Cover"
carries a rare stamp of former American President. Name that President?
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Abraham Lincoln
It was stolen from an Indiana collector in 1967, surfaced 39 years later in Chicago and was sold
at auction by the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc., in New York.

267. Who are the champions of 63rd Santosh Trophy Football title?

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Goa
Goa defeated 29 time champions West Bengal by 2-4 in the final
268. Who won the WinWInD Golden Boot Award for the Top scorer

P. C. Riju (Striker, Tamil Nadu)


269. Player of the Tournament of Santosh Trophy?

P. Muthu (Striker, Tamil Nadu)


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270. Which team won the Fair-play Award of Santosh Trophy ?

Goa
271. Which is the most commonly misspelt word in the English language, according to a
new study by market research company www.OnePoll.com?
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Definitely
Flummoxed people regularly writing it as "definately".
The Top 10 most commonly misspelt words in the study by www.OnePoll.com were:
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1 Definitely (Definately);
2 Sacrilegious (Sacreligious);
3 Indict (Indite);
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4 Manoeuvre (Maneouvre);
5 Bureaucracy ( Beaurocracy);
6 Broccoli (Brocolli);
7 Phlegm (Phleghm);
8 Prejudice ( Predjudice);
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9 Consensus (Conscensus);
10 Unnecessary (Unecessary).
50. America's new army chief in Afghanistan over to run the war in Afghanistan under fire over
abusive treatment and interrogation of detainees in Iraq, according to human rights investigators.
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Gen Stanley MacChrystal
272. Bollywood actor who has been detained after having been accused of rape by his maid
servant aged 19?

Shiney Ahuja

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273. The Chinese waitress who stabbed to death a communist party official Deng Guida,
who was trying to rape her, has been released recently by a court in Hubei province in
China?

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Deng Yujiao
274. Mogadishu's(Somalia) police chief, , who was killed when government forces
attempted to dislodge the insurgents from positions in south Mogadishu?

Colonel Ali Saed


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275. Somalia's Security Minister who has been killed in a suicide car bomb attack north of
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the capital Mogadishu?

Omar Hashi Aden


276. Name the Kathakali maestro who excelled in depicting women characters in classical
theatre, has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest award for Kathakali artistes
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which carrying a cash award of Rs one lakh and a citation ?

Kottakkal Sivaraman
277. The IPL coach of Kolkata Knight Riders who was expelled by the team management
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after their team’s poor performance in the second IPL?

John Buchanan
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278. Chelsea striker who has been bannedby European football body UEFA for 6 years for
his Champions League semi-final outburst?

Didier Drogba
279. Who is elected as the new President of Abu Dhabi’s prestigious India Social & Culture
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Centre (ISCC)?

Y. Sudhir Kumar Shetty


280. The sarod maestro who died recently in San Francisco, following a prolonged kidney
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ailment?
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Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
281. Who has been chosen by the legendary sports stars of the Laureus World Sports
Aacdemy as the 2009 Laureus World Comeback of the Year?

'King of the Ring’ Vitali Klitschko

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282. The world's oldest man, who has died at his home in southern Japan on June 19, 2009
at the age of 113?

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Tomoji Tanabe,
283. Champions of ICC 20-20 Cricket World cup?

Paksitan, they beat Sri Lanka in the final


Man of the match in the final: Shahid Afridi

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Man of the series: Tilakaratne Dilshan
284. Who won ICC 20-20 Women’s World cup?

England, they beat New Zealand in the final


Player of the Match: Katherine Brunt.
Player of the Series: Claire Taylor
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285. “Satyam Computers” now renamed by Tech Mahindra as:

Mahindra Satyam
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286. Ace woman shuttler who scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a Super
Series tournament after clinched the Indonesian Open title with a stunning victory over
higher ranked Chinese Lin Wang in Jakarta?

Saina Nehwal
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287. The island which expanded its powers of self-rule on its national day in a move many
residents see as a step toward independence from Denmark?

Greenland
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288. Who is appointed as captain of Bangladesh Cricket Team for the forthcoming tours of
West Indies and Zimbabwe?

Mashrafe Mortaza
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Shakib Al Hasan, the world's No.1 allrounder in ODIs, has been named the vice-captain.
289. Who is appointed as the new governor of Karnataka ?

Hans Raj Bhardwaj


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290. Which country won bronze medal in the light-weight women's Quadruple Sculls in the
World Cup 2, held at Munich (Germany)?

India
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291. Who is the New Chief Minister of Uttarakhand


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Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
292. Who is appointed as the Chairman of National Authority for Unique Identity?

Nandan Nilekani, the Infosys Chief


293. Who is appointed as the United States Special Representative to Muslim Communiites

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by the Obama administration ?

Farah Pandith

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294. Greek musician Yanni, who dedicated his new song 'Changes' to a Bollywood
actress.Who is she ?

Mallika Sherawat
295. The second statue of India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi is unveiled in a

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country recently. Where is it?

Britain. (Leicester in southeast England)


296. Pop Sensation who died of lethal levels of potent medicines and drugs at the age of 50?

Michael Jackson
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297. One of the pioneers of women’s studies in India, died recently , who set up India’s first
Research Centre for Women’s Studies at SNDT Women’s University and served as its first
director ?
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Dr Neera Desai
298. An emerging Indian-American leader in California who has been selected for the
prestigious White House Fellow for the year 2009-2010?
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Anish Mahajan
299. Who is the new prime minister of Lebanon?

Saad Hariri
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300. Popular Malayalam Film Director and one of the best scriptwriters that Malayalam
cinema ever produced, died recently?
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A.K.Lohitha Das
301. which country won the inaugural Women’s Champions Challenge II hockey title with
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a thumping 6-3 win over Belgium in the final?


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India (Rani Rampal of India hit 4 goals in the final)
302. Class 11 student of Kerala who won a silver medal at the World School Athletics
championship held in Estonia in northern Europe.

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Binish K. Shaji

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303. Which country won the Confederations Cup football title of 2009?

Brazil. They beat the United States 3-2 and win the Confederations Cup for the third time.
304. Who wins Golden Ball as Confederations Cup best player?
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Kaka, Brazilian midfielder
305. Only three Indian greats who figure in the International Cricket Council's 55-strong
Hall of Fame list, which has 22 Englishmen?
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Left-arm spin wizard Bishen Singh Bedi ,


Prolific opener Sunil Gavaskar
Champion all-rounder Kapil Dev
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July 2009
306. India's first "sea bridge" which was officially opened in Mumbai, which is 5.6-
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kilometre (3.5-mile) long covers from?


Bandra to Worli Sea

It is hoped that the 16.5-billion-rupee (340-million-dollar) eight-lane freeway will help cut the
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40-minute journey between the suburbs of Bandra and Worli to just eight minutes and will ease
chronic congestion on the city's notoriously choked roads. Sea Link was inaugurated by the
ruling Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi and named after her late husband and former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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307. The only known survivor of the crash of the Yemeni airliner clung to wreckage in the
Indian Ocean carrying 153 people (142 passengers, 11 crew members)?
Baya Bakari, 13.year old girl
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308. The Commission probing the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya which
submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently?
Liberhan Commission

309. India's ambassador to China, who is appointed as the next foreign secretary of India ?

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Nirupama Rao

310. Former England cricket captain who retired from all forms of professional cricket

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recently?
Michael Vaughan

311. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recently invited a musician
from India to join its roster of voting members. (i.e. Oscar Academy Membership). Name

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that musician?

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A.R. Rahman
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312. Confederations Cup champions who ousted Spain from the first place at FIFA world
Football ranking, after one year of leadership?
Brazil
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313. Veteran Japanese diplomat who was elected as new director-general of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)?
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Yukiya Amano

314. The state of USA which was declared a fiscal emergency recently as the Legislature
continued struggling with a budget for the cash-strapped state?
California
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315. Air Marshal of Southern Air Command chief, who has been appointed as Honorary
Air aide de camp (ADC) to President Pratibha Patel?
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S. Radhakrishnan
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316. Famous Indian painter whose one painting was auctioned for a record $2 million at
Christie’s in June 2008 passed away recently due to a cardiac ailment?

Tyeb Mehta

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317. Prime minister of Croatia and leader of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union
(HDZ) who resigned recently?

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Ivo Sanader

318. Who won the Wimbledon Women's Singles title 2009 after defeating Venus Williams
in the final?
Serena Williams
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319. Who has taken charge as the new Secretary of the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting (MIB) from July 6, 2009.
GK
Raghu Menon

320. Who won the Wimbledon Men's Singles title 2009 after defeating Andy Roddick in the
final?
Roger Federer. He becomes the first man to win 15 grand slams, and to regain the world No 1
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ranking.

321. Who won Wimbledon Women's doubles title 2009?


Venus Williams and Serena Williams. They beat Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs of
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Australia

322. Who won Wimbledon men's doubles title 2009?


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Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia won Wimbledon men's doubles title
2009. They beat top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.

323. The Organisation of American States (OAS) recently expelled a country in reaction to
last week's military coup that ousted its President Manuel Zelaya. Which is that country?
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Honduras
324. American court has recently banned publication of a Swedish book promoted as a
sequel to JD Salinger's “The Catcher in the Rye”. ? Name that book and its author?
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“60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye” written by Fredrik Colting
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325. Who became the first woman Prime Minister of Croatia?
Jadranka Kosor

326. The person who served as US defence secretary during the Vietnam War and the
Cuban Missile Crisis, has died recently at the age of 93?

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Robert McNamara

327. Who won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon 2009?

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Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany.
They beat top-seeded Leander Paes of India and Cara Black of Zimbabwe 7-5, 6-3, in the final.

328. Pakistan Cricket player and one of its cricketing pioneers, who bowled the first
delivery and took the first wicket in the country’s inaugural Test match died recently after

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battling prostate cancer?
Khan Mohammad

329. Who is appointed as Director (Projects) of GAIL India?


Mr R D Goyal

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330. French Tennis Player, who was banned by ATP Tour for betting on matches, found
dead in stairwell of his Paris apartment ?
GK
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Mathieu Montcourt
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331. City of Australia which has decided to ban the sale and use of bottled water to act for
the preservation of the environment?
Bundanoon
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332. Player of Manchester United’s who has joined Real Madrid for $70 million?
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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333. Versatile Actor who was inducted into the Territorial Army as Honorary Lieutenant
Colonel.

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Mohanlal
This Malayalam Superstar has won four national awards and the second recent high-profile
personality after Kapil Dev to don the Territorial Army uniform.
Lt Col Mohan Lal will be working with the Kerala based 122 Infantry Battalion of the Territorial
Army (TA).

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334. Name the first pilot from Kerala of the Royal Air Force (Later Indian Air Force) and
the First Head Of Training Team of The Indian National Defence Academy who died
recently?
Moorkoth Ramunni
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335. Fifteen-year-old girl of Toronto who broke the world record in the women's 50-metre
breaststroke at the world championships swimming trials?
GK
Amanda Reason

336. Who sets new world record in 100 meter backstroke and first ever to go under 52 sec
(51.94 seconds) at the U.S. national championships.
Aaron Peirsol
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337. Global fast food Company which has apologized to Hindus for running an
advertisement in Spain that showed an Indian goddess Lakshmi about to eat a beef
burger?
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Burger King

338. Who is elected as president of Indonesia for the second term?


Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
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339. Former Australian coach John Buchanan has criticized some of the present and
former Indian cricket stars like Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin
Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in his recently-published book. Name of that book.
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"The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20."

340. The Cricket Team which have boycotted the series against Bangladesh because of an
outstanding contractual dispute with its Cricket board?
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West Indies Cricket Team


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350. Who will remain captain of the German national team for the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa?
Michael Ballack

351. Who sets new world record in 100 meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships

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in 50.22 seconds, lowering Ian Crocker's mark of 50.40 set at the 2005 world
championships in Montreal?
Michael Phelps

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352. Which country finished at the first position at the 5th South Asian Shooting
Championship bagging 21 gold medals out of 24 gold medals?
India

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353. Player turned coach who has been named the India under-16 football coach for the
Asian qualifiers to be held in Abu Dhabi in October 2009.
C.M. Ranjith

354. The world's most famous bell ringing out the hours on the world's most famous clock,
celebrated its 150th anniversary on July 11, 2009 in London?
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Big Ben

355. The former boxing champion and one of the most amazing boxer of his generation,
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who has been found dead in a Brazilian hotel room recently?


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Arturo Gatti

356. Who sets new world record in 200 meter backstroke at the U.S. national
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championships?
Aaron Peirsol
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357. Indian Squash player who won the third WISPA title of her career when she defeated
home favourite Low Wee Wern in the final of the $ 16,000 NSC series event on Saturday in
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
Joshna Chinappa

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358. Who wins Newport Hall of Fame Tennis championships ATP Title?
Rajeev Ram

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359. Renowned Marathi actor to win Maharashtra government's best actor award
consecutively for three years, died recently in Pune after prolonged illness?
Neelu Phule

360. A distinguished conductor and his wife have recently died at the Dignitas suicide clinic

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in Switzerland. He was conductor emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic among many other
great achievements, and Lady Downes, 74, was a former ballet dancer and choreographer.
Who are they?
Sir Edward Downes and Joan

361. Second cricket test between Srilanka and Pakistan at Colombo won by?
Srilanka
Man of the match: Fawad Alam
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Sri Lanka won the first test match on the last day of the match.
GK
362. Former prime minister of Poland and European Parliament member since 2004, who
has been elected president of the European Parliament?
Jerzy Buzek
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363. Who is appointed as the new defence secretary of India?


Pradeep Kumar

364. First test between West Indies and Bangladesh held in July is won by?
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Bangladesh

365. Indian Scientist and National Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for
Advanced Scientific Research who has been nominated for the prestigious Royal Medal by
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the Royal Society, London.


Prof. C.N.R. Rao,

366. England all-rounder who decided to retire from test cricket after the ashes series
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against Australia?
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Andrew Flintoff

367. Who has become the first Indian batsman in over four years to head the batting
rankings in test matches by ICC?
Gautam Gambhir

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368. Canadian comedian of Indian parents, came from Kolkatta, who has been ranked
among the Top 10 Earning Comedians in the world by Forbes?

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GK
Russell Peters

369. Carnatic music exponent and film playback singer in many Indian languages,
popularly referred as one of the “female trinity of Carnatic music” who passed away at the
age of 90?
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Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal (D.K.Pattammal)

370. Chairman of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization who resigned from his post?
Gholam Reza Aghazadeh
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371. The space shuttle of NASA descended safely to Earth, ending a successful 16-day
assembly mission to the international space station ?
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Th
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Endeavour
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372. Summit of the Non-Allied Movement in 2012 will take place in?
Iran.

373. Former India cricket captain who has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the
University of Lancashire.

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Sourav Ganguly

374. Name the club of Argentina which won the Libertadores Cup beating Brazil's

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Cruzeiro by two goals to one?
Estudiantes

375. The Middlesex University in Hendon, London, has conferred an Indian music director
with an honorary doctorate. Who is he?

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A.R.Rahman

376. Name the 112th element which has been officially added to the Periodic Table, earlier
named as Ununbium?
Copernicium.
The element with symbol "Cp" is named in honor of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. This
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name is expected to be officially endorsed by IUPAC in January 2010, after six months for
discussion.
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377. Lt Governor of the Union Territory of Puducherry?
Iqbal Singh

378. New Governors of States of India


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Uttar Pradesh-B.L. Joshi


Gujarat-Devendra Nath Dwivedi
Assam-Syed Sibtey Razi
Jharkhand-K Sankaranarayanan
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Uttrakhand- Margaret Alva


Hariyana-Jagannath Pahadia

379. “The most trusted man in America," who was the pioneering television news anchor
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died recently at the age of 92?


Walter Cronkite

380. First World War veteran who became the world's oldest man last month died at the
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age of 113.
Henry Allingham

381. Srilankan bowler who retired from test cricket after the test match against Pakistan?
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Chaminda Vas
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382. Womens hockey champions trophy won by?
Argentina. They beat Australia (4-3) in the final

383. India agreed to enter into an understanding on end-use monitoring agreement recently
with a country that will pave the way for greater defence cooperation. Which country?

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United States of America

384. Second test of Ashes held at Lord’s won by?

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England. This is for the first time in 75 years that England has won the Ashes at Lord's. They
beat Australia by 115 runs in the second Test
Man of the Match: Andrew Flintoff (five wickets for 92 runs)

385. The solar eclipse witnessed on the month of July 2009 was the longest total solar

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eclipse during the 21st century, not to be surpassed until June 2132. It lasted a maximum of
6 minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia, causing tourist interest in eastern
China, Japan, India and Nepal. Which day it witnessed?
July 22, 2009

386. The second Indian archer to win a Youth World Championship title after bagging

(Utah), USA?
Deepika Kumari
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387. The Airlines apologized for frisking former Indian President Abdul Kalam at the
Indira Gandhi International Airport when he was going on a visit to the US this April?
Continental Airlines of U.S.A
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388. Hindustani music legend who mesmerized audiences with her melodious voice for over
six decades, died recently?
Gangubai Hangal
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389. Test Cricket Series between West Indies and Bangladesh won by ?
Bangladesh.(2-0)
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
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390. Who was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and
Peace?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmarese pro-democracy activist and leader,
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391. Who becomes the first ever black Miss England?


Rachel Christie

392. Former Peruvian president who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on
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corruption charges.?
Alberto Fujimori
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393. Who is named as new LTTE chief ?
Selvarasa Pathmanathan

394. Who became the youngest player (12 years old) ever to play in professional football
when he came on as a substitute for Aurora in a Bolivian Clausura championship match?

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Mauricio Baldivieso

395. Who becomes the highest ever Australian run scorer in first class cricket surpassing

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the record of the legendary Sir Donald Bradman?
Justin Langer

396. Two piano works recently have been identified as the creation of a legendary musician
which has long been in the possession of the International Mozarteum Foundation in the

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Austrian city of Salzburg. Name that musician?
Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.)

397. Newly elected President of Kyrgyzstan?


Kurmanbek Bakiyevi

world championships?
Russia.
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398. Which country has won the team tech gold medal in synchronized swimming at the
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Russia has won both gold medals in synchro at the last three Olympics.

399. Test Cricket series between Srilanka and Pakistan held is won by?
Sri Lanka won the series by 2-0.
Man of the series:Nuvan Kulasekhara
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Man of the match of third test: Kumar Sangakkara. Third Test ended in a draw.

400. Who received the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for
2007?
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Bill Gates, on behalf of “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” for their exemplary philanthropic
work across the world and in India especially in the area of health.

401. One of the world's largest optical telescopes, installed on a mountain in the Canary
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Islands, which is extremely powerful and will be able to spot some of the faintest, most
distant objects in the Universe?
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Great Canary Telescope
With a main mirror 10.4 metre across, it will effectively be the largest telescope for visible and
infrared light in the world.

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402. India’s first nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine at the naval dockyard,
Visakhapatnam which is launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife
Gursharan Kaur on July 26,2009?
INS Arihant

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403. Eminent music director and sitarist composed the musical scores for about 40 films in
Hindi, Marathi, and Malayalam who blended Indian classical and Western music in his
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work, was a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar died at the age of 73?
Bhaskar Chandavarkar

404. Who won ITF Lexington Challenger Tennis title?


Sania Mirza
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405. Which country won CONCACAF Gold Cup Football title beating U.S.A (5-0) in the
final?
Mexico
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406. Who has been awarded the 2009 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience
award?
Aung San Suu Kyi
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407. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister who resigned after a senior PDP leader alleged in
the state assembly that he was involved in the 2006 sex scandal, a charge dismissed by him
as false?
Omar Abdullah
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408. Who win gold in the women's 200 metres individual medley at the World
Championships?
Ariana Kukors(U.S.A)
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409. Who won women's 100 metres butterfly final at the world swimming championships?
Sarah Sjostrom(Sweden)
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410. Veteran Malayalam actor, who won critical acclaim for the ease with which he
portrayed villainous roles in Malayalam and Tamil cinema died at the age of 55?
Rajan P.Dev

411. Charismatic Jaipur royal, a three-time MP and who was once named as ”World’’s

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Ten Most Beautiful Women” by ”Vogue” magazine, died here today following a prolonged
illness.?
Rajmata Gayatri Devi

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412. Sports Awards 2009:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna:
M.C. Marykom (boxer),
Vijender Kumar (boxer)
Sushil Kumar (wrestling)

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Arjuna Award:

Mangal Singh Champia (archery), Sinimol Paulose (athletics), Saina Nehwal (badminton), L.
Saritha Devi (boxing), Tania Sachdeva (chess), Gautam Gambhir (cricket), Ignatius Tirkey
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(hockey), Surinder Kaur (hockey), Pankaj Shirsat (kabaddi), B. Prabhu (physically challenged),
Satish Joshi (rowing), Ranjan Sodhi (shooting), Poulami Ghatak (table tennis), Yogeshwar Dutt
(wrestling), G.L. Yadav (yatching)
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Dronacharya Award:
Baldev Singh (hockey), Jaidev Bisht (boxing), Satpal (wrestling), Pullela Gopichand
(badminton) and Udaikumar (kabaddi).
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413. One day cricket series between West Indies and Bangladesh won by ?
Bangladesh (2-0)

414. Who won gold in the 200- meter freestyle final at the world swimming championships
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in Rome?
Paul Biedermann
He won in a world record time of 1 minute, 42 seconds, ahead of previous record-holder Michael
Phelps
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415. Who is appointed as the captain of 20-20 Team of Pakistan?


Shahid Afridi
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August 2009
416. Name the first private firm to be protected by Central Industrial Security Force
(CISF), which usually guard government installations?
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Infosys, Software giant


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417. Which country will be the first international customer of the Boeing P-8I Poseidon, a
variant of the P-8A Poseidon, US Navy's newest maritime Patrol and reconnaissance
aircraft showcased by the Boeing Company?
India

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418. Who won the gold medal in the final of the Men's 100m Freestyle at the FINA
Swimming World Championships in Rome?
Cesar Cielo Filho(Brazil)

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419. Who became Australia's highest test run-scorer on the second day of the third Ashes
test against England?
Ricky Ponting
Ponting passed Allan Border's mark of 11,174 runs (156 Tests).
Ponting -11,188 runs (134 Tests)

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420. Country which enforced assisted suicide law that will apply to people who help their
loved ones die as well as to those who help them die abroad?
Britain

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421. Name the first Sikh soldiers who are included the security wing of British Queen
Elizabeth II?
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Simranjit Singh and Lance Cpl. Sarvjit Singh


They are the first Sikhs to take part in patrols outside the queen's residence and to stand watch
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over the Crown jewels at the Tower of London across town.

422. Which team won the Audi Cup after beating Manchester United 7-6 in the penalty
shootout, after the 90 minutes ended in a 0-0 draw?
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Bayern Munich

423. Former England Football manager and coach, died at the age of 76 after a long battle
with cancer?
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Bobby Robson
He led England to the World Cup semis during his reign from 1982 to 1990.

424. Who breaks world record in 200-meter medley (1:54.10), toppling Michael Phelps'
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previous world record by 0.13 seconds?


Ryan Lochte
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425. Who has been appointed as the next Director General (DG) of the Border Security
Force (BSF)?

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> Raman Srivastava

426. Constitutional expert, who was recently appointed Governor of Gujarat, died recently
due to liver problems even before he could take up his assignment?

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Devendra Nath Dwivedi

427. Which country won the Emerging Players Cricket Tournament title, defeating South
Africa by 17 runs in the final ?
India.

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Virat Kohli cracked a rollicking century (104)in the final that helped India to win the title.

428. Indian men's doubles pair who won the New Zealand Open Grand Prix title in
Auckland, New Zealand?
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Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas

429. Who won the 100-meter butterfly at the world swimming championships in Rome,
setting a World record to become the first swimmer to eclipse the event’s 50- second
barrier?
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Michael Phelps

430. Asia's first Female President and former President of the Republic of the Philippines
who was hailed as a modern-day Joan of Arc died recently due to colon cancer?
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Corazon Cojuangco Aquino

431. 16th World Junior Women's Team Squash Championship held in Chennai won by ?
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Egypt.
Heba el-Turk and Nour el-Sherbini of Egypt beat Hong Kong 2-0 in the final match.

432. Who won the World Junior Men’s Squash Championship title ?
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egypt)
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433. Who has set the 38th world record of the world swimming championships in the men's
50-meter backstroke.?
Liam Tancock(Britain)
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434. Who set the world record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Open National
Championships?
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Jessica Hardy
She split a time of 29.95 seconds to beat the previous mark of 30.09 set by Yuliya Efimova of
Russia at the world championships.

435. Name of the nano satellite which is recently developed by a group of students at IIT

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Kanpur that provides real-time data on drought, flood, vegetation and forestation?
Jugnu.
The nanosatellite costed Rs 2.5 crore to develop and will be handed over to ISRO. Santanu

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Agrawal, an M Phil student headed the successful team of whiz kids of IIT Kanpur.

436. Bollywood actress who selected Elesh Parujanwala, a Canadian businessman from
Toronto, as her future bridegroom from among the three finalists in the reality show
broadcast on NDTV Imagine.?
Rakhi Sawant

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437. Prominent Indian social activist, who has done pioneering work for "development of
rural communities", was named along with five others for the prestigious Ramon
Magsaysay Award for 2009, considered as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Deep Joshi

Other five 2009 Magsaysay awardees:


Krisana Kraisintu (Thailand)
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Yu Xiaogang (China)
Antonio Oposa, Jr, (Philippines),
Ma Jun (China)
Ka Hsaw Wa (Burma)
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438. Who is the new Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Ltd, the country's
largest gas transportation company?
B C Tripathi
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439. The five-match one-day Cricket series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri
Lanka won by?
Srilanka (3-2)
Thilan Thushara was named Man of the Series.
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440. A prominent Gandhian who made a mark in the history of the national movement by
gifting her gold ornaments to Mahatma Gandhi as a 17-year-old, died recently ?
Kaumudi teacher
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Hailed by the Mahatma himself as a symbol of renunciation, Kaumudi voluntarily donated her
ornaments to Gandhi during his visit to Vatakara , in Kerala in 1934

441. Who has bagged the prestigious UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2009?
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Khabar Lahariya, a fortnightly newspaper in Hindi run by rural women in Uttar Pradesh won the
prestigious award. Nirantar, a non-governmental organisation, which runs "Khabar Lahariya" a
fortnightly newspaper in Hindi
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442. Noted South Indian actor and national award winner who had been closely associated
with pro-Left cultural and intellectual movements in the state of Kerala, died recently ?

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Murali. He won the state award for the best actor thrice and the national award in 2001 for his

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performance in Malayalam movie “Naithukaran”.

443. India Government has approved the acquisition of five Russian early warning
choppers in a bid to strengthen the Navy's capabilities to detect airborne and surface-based
maritime threats. Name of that chopper?

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Kamov-31

444. The last known surviving British soldier to have fought in the First World War
trenches, died at the age of 111?
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Harry Patch
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445. The Pakistani Taliban leader who was killed recently in a CIA missile strike?
Baitullah Mehsud
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446. Who is the first Spanish woman to become the judge of the Supreme Court of United
States?

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Sonia Sotomayor

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447. Hockey Test series between India and Belgium is won by?
India
India clinch the three-match hockey series 2-1

448. Who is appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive of ING Vysya Bank
for a period of three years?
Shailendra Bhandari .w
449. Writer-director, Hollywood’s youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured the
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teen and preteen market with such favorites as “The Breakfast Club,” Sixteen
Candles”,”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Home Alone, died recently ?
John Hughes

450. Which country dominated the Asian Youth Chess Championship, topping seven of the
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12 categories as the event concluded at the Tivoli Garden Resort, New Delhi?
India.
India won a total of eight gold, seven silver and eight bronze. Vietnam won two gold, while
Kazakhstan, UAE and Iran won one each
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451. Who is appointed as the army chief of Nepal?


Lt. Gen. Chhatraman Singh Gurung
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452. Indian-American, expert in Intellectual Property, who is appointed for a key post in
the US Commerce Department by the president Barack Obama?
RO Khanna.
He is an expert in Intellectual Property will work to open foreign markets to American
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technology.

453. Which team won the Italian Super Cup beating Inter Milan in the final by 2-1?
Lazio
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454. Which country won the World junior volleyball championship (Under 21) in 2009?
Brazil. They beat Cuba in the final. Brazil had won the title in 2001 & 2007
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and runners up in 2003 & 2005. Cuba had first time became runners-up in this tournament. India
lost in the Semifinals and had to satisfy with the fourth position.

455. The Captain of the Spanish football team Espanyol, who has died from a heart attack
at the age of 26?

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Dani Jarque

456. Who won the Man of the Match award in the fourth Ashes Test ?

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Marcus North
He won Man of the Match for his brilliant hundred in the first innings.

457. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president who sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister of
Punjab for the second time this year?

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Sukhbir Singh Badal

458. Which team won the Community Shield football title beating Manchester United 4-1
on penalties at Wembley after the teams drew 2-2 ?
Chelsea

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459. Sister of former U.S.President John F. Kennedy, who carried on the family's public
service tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the rights of the
mentally disabled, died recently at the age of 88?
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

460. Name the bowler played for Holland in the recent Twenty20 World Cup , who is
recently included in the Australian team for the 20-20 match against England?
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Dirk Nannes
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461. Name the TV crime show host who faces jail after allegedly ordering murders in a bid
to boost television ratings?
Wallace Souza
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He is accused of arranging crimes and then broadcasting exclusive footage of the scenes.

462. One of the most revered guitarists in history and the father of the electric guitar, who
passed away at the age of 94.
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Les Paul

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463. Ashok Chakra, the nation’s highest peacetime award for gallantry on the eve of
Independence Day is given to ?
Major Mohit Sharma(Posthumous)
Major D. Sreeram Kumar

467. Keerthi Chakra Awardees:


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1.Major Amit Oscar Fernandes of 7 Maratha Light Infantry.
2.Major Deepak Tewari of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers Corps serving with 14
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Rashtriya Rifles in Kashmir.
3.Paratrooper Shabir Ahmed Malik.
4.Naik Rishikesh Gurjar of 10 Rashtriya Rifles (Rajput).

468. Coach of West Indies who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket board ahead of the
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Champions Trophy?
John Dyson

469. American who was sentenced to seven years in prison but then deported after
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swimming to the lakeside home of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi?
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John William Yettaw


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470. Zimbabwe's player who equaled Saeed Anwar's record highest individual one-day
international score of 194 in the match against Bangladesh?
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Charles Coventry

471. Chinese ace who is poised to become the first player in World Badminton
Championship history to win three successive men's singles titles?

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Lin Dan

472. Who won the Rogers Cup doubles title beating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram in
Montreal.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles.

IAAF World Athletics Championships?


Jessica Ennis
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473. Who won Britain's first ever World Championship heptathlon gold medal at the 12th
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474. Who broke the world record at the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in
Berlin after running the 100 meter sprint in just 9.58 seconds?
Usain Bolt
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475. Who broke the world record at the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in
Berlin after running the 200 meter sprint in just 19.19seconds?
Usain Bolt
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476. Who won women's shot put gold at the 12th World Athletic Championships in Berlin?
Valerie Vili from New Zealand
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477. Who becomes the first farmer of India to receive pension implemented by a state?
N. Krishna Kurup. He is the first farmer to receive pension which is implemented by
Government of Kerala

478. Who won the Cincinnati Open Tennis title after beating top-ranked Russian Dinara
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Safina in the final ?


Jelena Jankovic

479. Scottish tennis player has won the Montreal Masters event in Canada beating
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Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the final?


Andy Murray
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480. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of South Korea who was crucial
in promoting the country's "Sunshine Policy" aiming at a detente with North Korea died
recently?

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Kim Dae Jung

481. Who is the Man of the series of One Day cricket series between Zimbabwe and
Bangladsesh ?

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Tamim Iqbal(Bangladesh).Bangladesh won the series by 4-1.

482. Who captured the World Athletics Championships gold medal in the women's 100
meters to claim the title of "World's Fastest Woman"

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Shelly-Ann Fraser

483. Who remains the world's most powerful woman for 2009, according to a ranking
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published by Forbes magazine?


Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

The list of the hundred women includes–


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Sonia Gandhi (13),


Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank, India.

484. Ninety-six-year-old, a Florida resident of Indian origin who becomes the world's oldest
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blogger.?
Randall Butisingh

485. Who is appointed as new Pak Taliban chief?


Hakimullah Mehsud
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486. Who won the Man of the Match in the final test of Ashes held at The Ovalin 2009?
Jonathan Trott became man of the match for his maiden century (119) in the debut Ashes Test
match.
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England won the Ashes (2-1) .


Man of the Series: Andrew Strauss (England)
Michael Clark (Australia)
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487. Ethiopian Olympic Champion who won the gold medal in the 5000m and 10000m race
in Berlin, marking the first time an athlete has ever won distance double at the IAAF
World Athletics Championships?
Kenenisa Bekele

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488. The controversial book written by former union minister and B.J.P leader Jaswant
singh that eulogising Mohd Ali Jinnah ?
“Jinnah - India, Partition, Independence”

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expelled Jaswant Singh from the primary membership of the party
days after the release of his book praising Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

489. Who won the Rogers Cup Women singles title beating Maria Sharapova in the final?
Elena Dementieva

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490. Who won the Cincinnati Open Men’s Tennis title after beating Novak Djokovic in the
final?
Roger Federer

491. Which team lifts the Spanish Supercup football title?


Barcelona
They beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final
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492. Who won the Miss Universe 2009 title?
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Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela

493. Who has been appointed director of the Regional Cancer Centre,
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Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala?
Paul Sebastian

494. Which team won the 2009 Santiago Bernabeu Trophy by defeating Norwegian side
Rosenborg (4-0) in the final ?
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Real Madrid

495. One of the most influential and longest-serving senators in the history of America who
dies at the age of 77?
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Edward Kennedy. He is the brother of former US president John F Kennedy.


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496. Who becomes the first left-arm spinner to claim 300 Test wickets?
Daniel Vettori(New Zealand)

497. Which country has become Japan's largest trading partner recently ?
China

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498. Who will be appointed as the Guwahati chief justice.?
Justice Kurian Joseph

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499. Which player was named the European Club Player of the Year 2009?
Lionel Messi of Barcelona

500. Which team won the UEFA Supercup defeating Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0)?

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Barcelona

501. Who crowned the first ever Miss Bollywood UK at a gala event in Birmingham ?
Reena Patel

502. Indians who won the mixed doubles title at the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold
badminton?
Jwala Gutta and Valiyaveetil Diju
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503. Who won the Man of the Series in the test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Thilan Samaraveera(Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka Won the series(2-0)

September 2009
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504. Which country won Nehru Cup International Football Tournament 2009?
India
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India defeated Syria by 5-4 (penalty shootout) in the finals on August 31, 2009.
Goal-keeper Subroto Paul, who saved three penalties to become India’s saviour, was awarded the
man of the match of the final.
India won this cup two times, 2007 & 2009.
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505. Who won the Man of the Tournament award of Nehru Cup Football title-2009?
Bhaichung Bhutia, Indian Captain

506. Which scientist is elected as the new President of International Academy of


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Astronautics (IAA)?
Dr. Madhavan Nair, Chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

507. Who is the new Air Officer Commanding –in-Chief of Southern Air Command of
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India?
Air Marshal Sumit Mukerjee. He is the only pilot in the history of IAF to have commanded units
with the Mig-21,Mig-23U, Mig-25, Mig-27 and Mig-29 aircraft.
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508. Who is appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval
Command?
Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil

509. Who will act as a bowling consultant for the Kolkata Knight Riders during the third

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edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year?
Vasim Akram

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510. India achieved a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of how much percentage
during April-June 2009?
6.1%

511. The Indian-American fashion designer who charged with sexually assaulting seven

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girls was sentenced to 59 years of imprisonment on Aug 31?
Anand Jon Alexander

512. Who is appointed as the new Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel (AOP)of the Indian Air
Force (IAF)?
Air Marshal KJ Mathews
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513. Country which has been expelled from the Commonwealth after failing to announce
plans to hold elections in 2010?
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Fiji

514. Distinguished scientist and the man in charge of the development of missile and
strategic systems in the country, who is appointed as the chief of the Defence Research and
Development Organisation(DRDO)?
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Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat

515. Who is appointed as the vice chief of Indian Army?


Lt General P C Bhardwaj
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516. Bollywood Actor who has been appointed by Life insurance Company Max New York
Life as the brand ambassador for Max Vijay, a brand specifically targeted at providing
financial inclusion to the underprivileged masses?
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Amitabh Bachchan

517. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister who feared dead after his Bell 430 chopper crash-
landed about 40 nautical miles east of the Kurnool mountainous area of Andra Pradesh?
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Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy

518. The first Iranian female cabinet minister who is appointed since the foundation of the

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Islamic Republic 30 years?

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Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi


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Iranian parliament approves Marzieh as new health minister despite opposition from hardline
MPs and clerics.

519. Who won the Man of the Series Award in the recent 20-20 cricket series between Sri
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Lanka and New Zealand which is held in Sri Lanka?


Jesse Ryder(New Zealand).
New Zealand won the series by 2-0.
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520. Lok Sabha Secretary General who was recently given a year's extension by Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar?
P.D.T. Acharya
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521. Who took over charge as Additional General Manager, Southern Railway?
Shri A.K. Gupta

522. Athletes who won $1 million Golden League jackpot which is given by IAAF
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(International Association of Athletics Federations) to anyone who wins all six of the
premier European meets?
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Answer:Yelena Isinbayeva, Kenenisa Bekele and Sanya Richards

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523. Who is the new Brand Ambassador of popular Levis Jeans?
Priyanka Chopra.

524. U.S.President Barack Obama's adviser and an administration official specializing in


environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental

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Quality who resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements?
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(Photo:Carlos) Van Jones


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525. Who has topped the list of world's 10 top earning cricketers compiled by Forbes
magazine ?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian skipper
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Raking in USD 10 million, Dhoni is at the top of the chart followed by Tendulkar at the second
spot with earnings worth USD 8 million in the list of 'The World's Top-Earning Cricketers' .
While Yuvraj Singh and Dravid are at the third and fourth spot, respectively, Ganguly and
Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting share the sixth place.
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526. Former Chief Minister of Punjab and former governor of Haryana and Orissa , who
died recently after a prolonged illness?
Harcharan Singh Brar
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527. Recently India and US have signed a pact on ?


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Atomic energy

528. Who has become the second Indian after Geet Sethi to win the World’s Billiards
Championship?
Pankaj Advani

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He beat defending champion Mark Russel 2030-1253 to win the World Professional Billiards
Championship-2009. Geet Sethi won the title in 1992.

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529. Australian Cricket player who retired from international Twenty20 cricket recently?
Ricky Ponting

530. The first African country to qualify for the 2010 World Cup Football which is to be
held in South Africa?

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Ghana

531. Which country leads world in foreign weapons sales in the year 2008?
United States of America. America accounted for more than two-thirds of foreign weapons sales
in 2008.

Tajikistan which was held at Dushanbe?


Pratibha Patil, President of India
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532. Who participated as the chief guest at the 19th Independence Day celebrations of
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533. Reserve Bank recently decided to introduce polymer banknotes of which
denomination whose life span would be 4 times the normal currency notes and would be
difficult to imitate.?
Rs 10
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Polymer notes were first introduced in Australia to safeguard against counterfeiting of currency

534. The Sri Lankan government has ordered a senior United Nations diplomat to leave the
country after accusing him of partiality towards the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
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(LTTE). Name of that spoke person of UNICEF?


James Elder, an Australian national.

535. Woman journalist of Sudan convicted of public indecency for wearing trousers
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outdoors was freed recently despite her own desire to serve a month in prison as protest
against Sudan's draconian morality laws?
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Lubna Hussein

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536. Name of the Buddha statue gifted by Mahatma Gandhi to one of his Irish friend,
which was sold in London in the auction for Rs 5.47 lakh (6,840 pounds)?
Bodhisattva.
The statue was possibly of the Bodhisattva of compassion Avalokitesvara, a seated 13-inch-high
bronze Buddha statue.
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Gandhiji gave this statue to his Irish friend Emma Harker when she volunteered for relief work
among the poor in flooded areas of Bihar and Orissa.
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537. Who was the captain of Indian team for the 23rd FIBA Asia Women Basketball
Championship held in Chennai?
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Geethu Anna Jose


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538. Venezuela recognized the independence of two countries on September 10, 2009. Name
that countries.
South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Earlier, Russia and Nicaragua also recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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539. New York Governor David Paterson recently signed into law a bill that bans use of a
word in documents used by state agencies, public authorities and municipalities when
referring to persons of Asian or Pacific islander heritage.
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Which word?
"Oriental"
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540. Indian Musician who has been invited to perform live along with the famous Pussycat
Dolls — a pop girl group and dance ensemble- on the occasion of the India’s historic
participation in the America’s world famous Polo Cup?
A.R.Rahman

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541. Former Taiwan President who has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to
life in prison?
Chen Shui-bian

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542. Indian film which is included in the “Festival of festival” section in the Cairo
International film festival that will commence on the tenth of November?
Raman. The film is directed by Dr.Biju.

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543. Which footballer won the annual VP Sathyan Memorial Award?
Mohanraj
Chennai-based, Kerala Sports Persons Association (KESPA) has picked Tamil Nadu footballer
Mohanraj for this award.

544. Former president of BCCI who served as the chairman of the national selection
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committee (including when Sachin Tendulkar was first picked in the Indian team in 1989)
died at the age of 73 following a prolonged illness recently?
Raj Singh Dungarpur
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545. High Court Lawyer, who has been appointed Assistant Solicitor General of India for
conducting Central government cases other than the cases of income tax and the Railway
Department before the High Court?
T.P.M. Ibrahim Khan
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546. An island of Mexico which was clearly visible on national and international maps until
the middle of the 20th century has gone missing now?
Bermeja Island. This island is strategically important as it could give Mexico a claim to millions
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of dollars worth of oil deposits.

547. Cuban revolutionary leader, who has died in Havana at the age of 82, had been among
only three surviving rebel leaders who still bore the honorary title “Commander of the
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Revolution.”
Juan Almeida Bosque

548. World's oldest person, a woman who was born in 1894 died in California at the age of
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115 gained a measure of fame when she voted for Barack Obama for U.S. president?
Gertrude Baines

549. Which country will host the 6th SAF football matches scheduled for December 1-15 of
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this year?
Bangladesh. Eight teams of South Asian countries will take part in these matches.
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550. First Indian to reach semi-finals of World Boxing Championships and fist Indian to
win a medal in the same event?
Vijender Kumar
He won Bronze medal in the World Boxing Championships and becomes the first Indian to do
so.

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551. Which club won their maiden IFA Shield football tournament title?

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Churchill Brothers, Goa
They beating local giant Mohun Bagan 2-0

552. Nat West One day cricket series between England and Australia won by ?
Australia. They won the series 6-1.

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553. Who has been selected for this year’s Mathrubhumi Literary Award of Rs.2 Lakhs
instituted by the Malayalam daily “Mathrubhumi”?
Kovilan

554. Name of the 14-year-old astrophysicist from Kozhikode, Kerala who recently
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participated in the NASA space camp where a model rocket designed by her was launched?
GK
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Hannan Binth Hashim.


She has prepared a research paper titled ‘Absolute Theory of Zero' which questions the accuracy
of many existing theories like Albert Einstein's ‘Theory of relativity' and the ‘Big Bang Theory'.
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555. An American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate who has been deemed the
father of the Green Revolution died at the age of 95, on September 12, 2009?
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Norman Borlaug.
He was one of only six people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of
Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan,
India's second-highest civilian honor.

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556. Which film won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival?
"Lebanon"
Hard-hitting Israeli war movie "Lebanon" is directed by Samuel Maoz

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Best Actor Award: Colin Firth
Best Actress Award: Ksenia Rappoport

557. Who won the Silver Lion prize for best director at the Venice film festival?
Shirin Neshat
She won this award for the film "Women without Men," based on a banned book about Iran in

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the 1950s.

558. ‘Basava Sri’ award instituted by Murugha mutt won by ?


P.T.Usha.

the IFA Shield?


Noel De Lima Leitao
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559. Noted football commentator who was found dead in his hotel a day after the final of
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560. French photographer who was one of France's giants of photography, particularly
famous for his images of post-war Paris in the 1940s and 1950s died recently at the age of
99?
Willy Ronis
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561. Who has been named as one of the two Anglo Indian nominees to the Lok Sabha --
taking Kerala's strength in the Lower House of the Indian Parliament to 21?
Charles Dias.
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562. Which country won the tri-nation Compaq Cup (One Day Cricket Series) held in Sri
Lanka?
India.
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India beat Sri Lanka in the final by 46 runs. New Zealand was the third team.
Sachin Tendulkar won Man of the Match Award for his 138 runs in final.
Man of the Series: Sachin Tendulkar
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563. Who is appointed as the Managing Director of Agri co-operative National Agricultural
Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED)?
C V Ananda Bose
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564. The India Today Group has recently adjudged which state of India as the best State
with regard to the law and order situation.
Kerala
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565. Who won US Open Men’s Double Title?
Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy
They won the Grand Slam title after defeating Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the US
Open men’s doubles final. This is 10th Grant slam title for Leander Paes.

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567. Who won the US Open Women’s title 2009?
Kim Clijsters
She beat 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 7-5, 6-3, in the final.

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She become the first unseeded woman to win the US Open and the first mother to win a major
title since 1980.

568. Who Clinch US Open Women’s Doubles Title?


Serena Williams and Venus Williams
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straight sets of 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the women’s doubles title at US Open.

569. Who won US Open men's title?


Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina battled back to beat five-times champion Roger Federer 3-6,
7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the final
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570. A juror in the fashion designer Anand Jon rape trial who was fined $1,000 and
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sentenced to 120 hours of community service for trying to strike up a romance with
Sanjana, the sister of Anand Jon who was sentenced to 59 years?
Alvin Dymally

571. Who has been selected by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) to head the
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operations of the organisation as the Chairman for the period of 2009-10?


Mr Subroto Chattopadhyay

572. Name of the Olympic medal-winning boxer who has been found dead by his manager?
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Darren Sutherland
Sutherland has won a bronze medal for Ireland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

573. Who will be the chairman of the Fourth Finance Commission constituted by the
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Government of Kerala?
Dr.M.A.Umman

574. Name of the sacred food offered to devotees at the Lord Venkateswara Temple in
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Andhra Pradesh which has been awarded geographical copyright that bars others from
naming or marketing the sweetmeat preparation under the same name?
Tirupati laddoo
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575. Name of the most expensive bike so far launched in India by the Japanese bike giant
Yamaha?

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Yamaha VMAX
This 1,680cc super bike VMAX, priced at Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

and Guides ‘Silver Elephant Award 2007-08’.?


Shri M. C. Ramadas
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576. Person from Kerala who has been honored with the highest award of Bharat Scouts
GK
577. Who is named as Japan's new Prime Minister ?
Yukio Hatoyama. He will be named the 93rd Prime Minister of Japan.

578. Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, who was killed in a police shoot-out in
Central Java of Indonesia ?
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Noordin Mohammad Top.

579. Who is now officially the tallest man walking the planet by the Guinness World
Records?
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Sultan Kosen 27, from Turkey was recognized as the tallest person(8 foot 1 inch (2.47 meter)) in
the world on September 17,2009.

580. Who is the new Accountant General of Kerala State?


Maha Lekshmi Menon

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581. Indian American technocrat who has been appointed by U.S.President Barack Obama
to a key administration post dealing with energy research?

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Arun Majumdar

582. Footballer of Argentina who signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona until
the summer of 2016?
Lionel Messi

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583. The Indians who have figured in a list of 60 "most influential foreigners" who have
played a profound role in shaping the way over 1.2-billion people of modern China think
and live?
Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore

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584. Which TV series won the 2009 Emmy award for best comedy?
30 Rock.
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585. Which TV series won the 2009 Emmy award for best drama?
Mad Men

586. Who is the new captain of Delhi Dare Devils Team ?


Gautham Gambhir
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587. The Indian tennis star who has confirmed Indian team berth in the Davis Cup World
Group after he ousted South Africa's Rik Voest in the reverse singles match of the Davis
Cup tie ?
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Somdev Dewarman
Indian team has made into World Group playoff after a long period of 11 years.
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588. Name of 13-year-old girl from Lucknow who addressed the United Nations Climate
Change Summit in New York?
Yugratna Srivastav

589. Who are the winners of Durand Cup-2009?


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Churchill Brothers. They beat Mohun Bagan in the final. Churchill Brothers had earlier won the
trophy in 2007

590. Name of Indian-origin woman who was sentenced to 33 years in jail - one of the
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longest jail terms handed out to a woman in Britain - for murdering her two teenaged
daughters in a frenzied knife attack at her home in Cambridgeshire?
Rekha Kumari-Baker
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591. The 63-year-old magazine, which has covered business and politics since World War
II, will shut down in December 2009, struggling with losses as readers and advertisers move
to the Internet?
“Far Eastern Economic Review”

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592. Name of India's 16th remote sensing satellite successfully launched by ISRO through
its space carrier Plar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in just twenty minutes?
Oceansat-2.

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ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C14 successfully launched the 960 kg Indian
remote sensing satellite Oceansat-2 and six nano satellites for international customers into a
polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). This was the fifteenth successful flight of PSLV.

593. Who has been selected for this year’s Vallathol Award which carries a purse of

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Rs.1,11,111 and citation?
Kavalam Narayana Panicker

594. The much anticipated small car for India which was unveiled in Delhi by Ford Motor
Company?
Ford Figo
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595. Who is the new director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, (UNESCO)?
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Irina Bokova, Bulgarian diplomat

596. The adventurers who set a new world record after successfully landing on Mount
Everest 16,800 ft above sea level?
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Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, Leo Dickinson and Ralph Mitchell.


They jumped from an altitude of 20,000 ft to land at the world’s highest drop zone, near Mount
Everest.
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597. A prominent Indian American agricultural scientist, who has been nominated for the
post of the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by
the US President Barack Obama?
Islam A. Siddiqui
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598. India's maiden spacecraft, which has discovered water on the lunar surface?
Chandrayaan-1
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599. First mixed-gender university of Saudi Arabia which opened recently?
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

600. Who is the chairman of Subordinate Legislation Committee of Indian Loksabha?


P.Karunakaran , M.P from Kerala

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601. Which country won the 23rd Asian Women's Basketball Championships held in
Chennai, India?

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China. They beat South Korea in the final

602. Indian who won bronze medal in the freestyle 74 kg category in the prestigious World
Wrestling Championship held in Denmark?
Ramesh Kumar

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India made history in wrestling after a gap of 32 years, when Ramesh Kumar won bronze medal
in World Wrestling Championship.

603. Who was elected president of the Indian Newspaper Society for 2009-10, at the 70th
annual general meeting of the INS?
T. Venkattram Reddy. He is the chairman of the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chronicle.
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604. Who will head the Committee of Privileges which has been reconstituted by Lok
Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar?
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P.C.Chacko, M.P.from Kerala

605. Britain’s Indian-origin Business Minister, who is set to step down, appointed as the
UK’s representative to G-20?
Shriti Vadera
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606. Who was elected as regional chairman (Kerala)of the Indian Newspaper Society for
2009-10?
P.V.chandran
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607. Which political party retained power in Portuguese elections recently ?


Center-left Socialist Party.
Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates is the main leader of this party.
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608. German Chancellor who recorded a resounding triumph in her country's recent
general elections?
Angela Merkel
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609. Indian-American Human rights activist who has won the American Courage Award
for her human rights work in India and the United States?
Mallika Dutt
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610. Name of the limited-series pen by Pen-makers Mont Blanc inspired by Gandhiji’s
iconic Dandi March in 1930 to protest against the British salt tax ?
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Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition-241 series (MGLE-241)
This pen costs Rs 11.39 lakh.

611. Who won the women’s singles title in the Yonex Czech international badminton
championship?

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Trupti Murgunde

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612. In which place of Kerala, one of the worst boat tragedies in its history occurred, after
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation’s new double-decker boat ‘Jalakanyaka’
carrying 74 tourists capsized that claimed 45 lives on September 30,2009?
Periyar Reservoir at Thekkady

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613. Name the place where a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering
tsunami waves which hit on September 29 that killing more than 113 people and leaving
dozens of workers missing?
Samoa Islands in the central South Pacific

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614. Name of the Tropical Storm that hits Philippines on September 26, 2009 killing 246
people and causing massive flooding in the region?
Ketsana
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615. Name the top American official at the U.N. mission in Afghanistan who has been
ordered out of the country after he disagreed with superiors over how to deal with
widespread fraud charges from the presidential election in Afghanistan?
Peter Galbraith
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616. Former Haryana chief minister (from March to November 1967), who was also a
former cabinet minister in 1980-84 and held various portfolios including agriculture, rural
development as well as food and supplies died recently ?
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Rao Birender Singh

617. Former 100 meter world champion who has announced his retirement recently from
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international competition.
Kim Collins

618. Eminent singer who has been selected for the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year
2007 which carries a Cash Prize of Rs. 10 lakh, a Swaran Kamal and a Shawl?
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Shri Manna Dey

619. Which company has agreed to arrange 2.2 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) per year that NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) Ltd will use to fuel its
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southern India plant at Kayamkulam, Kerala which is currently running on naphtha?


Petronet LNG
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620. A rare 507 carat white diamond, considered being among the top 20 largest high
quality rough diamonds ever found worldwide was discovered recently from which place?

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The Cullinan Mine near Pretoria in South Africa. The diamond is discovered by the Mining
group Petra Diamond, London-listed Company.

621. Which country celebrated 60years of Communist rule with a spectacular military and
civilian parade through the centre of its capital city?
China
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622. In which place of India, geologists recently have found a cluster of dinosaur eggs, said
to be about 65 million years old?
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A village in Ariyalur District of Tamil Nadu.

623. Nick name of the oldest known fossil skeleton of a human ancestor—a female
Ardipithecus ramidus specimen which has been found recently?
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"Ardi"

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624. Turkish journalist who threw a shoe at IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in
Istanbul ahead of key meetings on the economic crisis, as rallies set to bring thousands into
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the streets got underway?
Selcuk Ozbek

625. Legendary Film director who was arrested in Switzerland for the rape of then 13-
year-old Samantha Geimer on a 31-year-old international arrest warrant as he arrived to

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attend the Zurich Film Festival?
Roman Polanski

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626. Who became the third batsman to reach 12,000 one-day international (ODI) runs?
Ricky Ponting
Other two are Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya.

627. Who won Pan Pacific Open tennis title-2009?

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Maria Sharapova
She won the Toray Pan Pacific Open title when Jelena Jankovic retired because of an arm injury
in the first set.

628. Marking the International Day of Non-Violence, which organization has recently
released a stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 140th birth anniversary?
The United Nations
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629. Which country will host the 2016 Olympics?
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Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Brazil will also host the World Cup Football-2014

630. The last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis,
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died at the age of 90?


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During the World War II, he co-founded the Jewish Combat Organization. He took part in the
1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, becoming its leader after the death of Mordechaj Anielewicz. He
also took part in the city-wide 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
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631 Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is leading a non-BJP, non-Congress group of MPs
in Parliament, which seeks to play the role of a “critical opposition”. Name that group of
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Independent MPs who have come together due to ‘commonality of issues’.
The Lok Morcha

632. The doyen of Indian rationalist movement, a vocal atheist, skeptic and caustic critic of
Sathya Sai Baba, died on October 4th 2009 at the Abhirami Hospital in Coimbatore?

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Basava Premanand

633. Who has won Formula One’s Japanese Grand Prix 2009 title?
Sebastian Vettel

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634. Who has won the European Golden Shoe for the second time after scoring 32 goals for
Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league this season?
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Diego Forlan
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635. Who won Nobel Prize for physics in 2009?


The Nobel Prize in physics will be awarded to Americans.
1. Charles K. Kao,
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2. Willard S. Boyle and


3. George E. Smith.
Kao was honored for discovering how to transmit light signals long distance through hair-thin
glass fibers.
Boyle and Smith received the prize for opening the door to digital cameras by inventing a sensor
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that turns light into electrical signals

636. Who was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Greece after his party PASOK won
recent Parliamentary Elections?
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George Papandreou. His party, i.e. the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) has won 160
out of 300 seats
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637. Which country won the Champions Trophy Cricket title-2009 held in South Africa?
Australia. They beat New Zealand in the final by 6 wickets
Man of the Match in the Final: Shane Watson (For his match-winning innings of unbeaten 105 of
129 balls)
Man of the Series: Ricky Ponting

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638. List the name of scientists who are selected for 2009 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
for Science and Technology which is given to scientists below 45 years of age, for their

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outstanding scientific contributions made primarily in India during the last 5 years
proceeding the year of the Prize?
Biological Sciences:
1. Dr Amitabh Joshi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Banglore and
2. Dr Bhaskar Saha, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune.
Chemical Sciences:

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3. Dr Charusita chakravarty, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi and 4.Dr
Narayanaswamy Jayaraman, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean & Planetary Sciences:
5. Dr S K Satheesh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Engineering Sciences:
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6. Dr Giridhar Madras, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and
7.Dr Jayant Ramaswamy Haritsa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Mathematical Sciences:
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8. Dr Venapally Suresh, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Medical Sciences:
9. Dr Santosh Gajanan Honavar, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences:
10. Dr Rajesh Gopakumar, Harish-Chandra research Institute, Allahabad and
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11. Dr Abhishek Dhar, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore


Shri Prithviraj Chavan also gave away CSIR Young Scientist Award 2009

639. One of the main orchestrators of the Rwandan 1994 genocide who has been arrested in
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Kampala, the Ugandan capita?


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Idelphonse Nizeyimana
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Known as the Butcher of Butare, Nizeyimana is accused of being one of the "top four" men who
directed the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He is believed to have ordered the execution of Rosalie
Gicanda, the Queen of Rwanda and the head of the Tutsi tribe.
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640. Who has been appointed as the Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on
Infrastructure, Innovation and Information?
Sam Pitroda. He is now the Chairman National Knowledge Commission.

641. Who won Nobel Prize for Chemistry-2009?

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1. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (USA)
2. Thomas Steitz (USA)
3. Ada Yonath (Israel)

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Ada is the first woman to receive it since 1964
Award is given for creating detailed blueprints of ribosomes, the protein-making machinery
within cells, research that’s being used to develop new antibiotics.

642. Who won Man Booker Prize Award-2009?

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Hilary Mantel. This British novelist won the award for her gripping 16th century tale titled
“Wolf Hall”

643. Name the French Tourism Company which bought Mahatma Gandhi's house in South
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Africa for an amount of $377,029 outbidding other bidders including Indians?


Voyageurs du Monde. The company plans to turn the property into a Gandhi museum in line
with its philosophy of investing in heritage properties worldwide and Gandhiji lived in the house
from 1908 to 1910.
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644. Which animal has been declared as ‘National Aquatic Animal’ by Government of
India?
‘Dolphin
GANGA DOLPHIN, locally known as ‘Sauns’ has been declared as ‘National Aquatic Animal’.
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In India, they live more in Ganga River.

645. The former head of Interpol and South Africa's national police chief who went on trial
accused of corruption.
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Jackie Selebi
Mr Selebi is accused of taking money and gifts from a notorious alleged gangster, Glenn
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646. Who won National Snooker Championship title-2009?
Pankaj Adwani. He defeated Saurabh Kothari in final.
Pankaj Adwani also won the National Billiards Title-2009 defeating Geet Sethi in a nerve-
wracking final.

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647. National women's billiards title-2009 is won by?
Meenal Thakur. She defeated her younger sister Anuja Chandra in the final.
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648. Who won Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine -2009?
1. Elizabeth H. Blackburn (U.S.A)
2. Carol W. Greider (U.S.A)
3. Jack W. Szostak (U.S.A)
They got this award for discovering how chromosomes protect themselves as cells divide, work
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that has inspired experimental cancer therapies and may offer insights into aging.

649. Which team won the Irani Trophy Cricket title for 2009-10?
Rest of India. They won the title on the basis of their first innings lead against Renji Trophy
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Champions Mumbai as a wet outfield ruled out any play on the last day of the match

650. Who has been selected for the 24th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for
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the year 2008?


Balraj Puri.He is a leading political commentator and eminent journalist.

651. Which country tops the list of the countries with the highest quality of life according to
the annual Human Development Index, unveiled by the U. N. Development Program?
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Norway. According to this index, Norway is the best country in the world in which to live.
Niger comes in last position and India ranks 134th out of 182 countries in the world.

652. Who won Nobel Prize-in literature of this year?


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The award is given to Germany’s Herta Mueller, a Romanian-born writer honored for work that
“with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the
dispossessed.”
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653. Which state won IBN 7 Diamond state award for “India’s best big state” for their
overall performance and significant contribution to the development of the state?
Kerala.
“India’s best small state award” is won by Goa.
The award is given by IBN 7 network in partnership with Outlook magazine.

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654. Winner of The Wisden Cricketer magazine's World Test Player of the Year 2009
award?

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655. The tropical storm that hits Japan on October 8 killing two people and shuttering
factories, closing schools and stranding commuters and travelers at airports and train
stations?
Typhoon Melor

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656. According to the QS/Times Higher Education rankings, which university retained the
top position among the top 100 varsities of the world?
Harvard University (U.S.A).
None of the Indian universities figure among the top 100 varsities of the world
Second spot-Cambridge University (Britain)
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657. Which team won the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy of 2009?
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India Red
India Red, under the captaincy of S Badrinath defeated Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India Blues
by 7 wickets in the final.

658. One of the greatest writers of Gothic fiction who has given funeral 160 years after his
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mysterious death?
Edgar Allan Poe He has been honoured with a second funeral service on October 10, 2009.

659. Boyzone singer, who has been found dead at the age of 33 while on holiday with his
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partner Andrew in Mallorca.


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Stephen Gately
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660. Indian sound engineer who was recently inducted into the Motion pictures Academy,
the members of which can cast their votes for the list of Oscar nominees?
Rasool Pookutty

661. Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints on 11th of October-2009. Name the five

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saints.
1. Jozef De Veuster, better known as Father Damien was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium
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2. Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski, a Polish bishop who kept championing Catholicism after Russia
shut down Polish churches in retaliation for the Polish uprising against Russia in Warsaw in
1861.
3. Jeanne Jugan, a French nun who set up an order that runs homes for destitute around the
world.
4. Francisco Coll y Guitart, a Spaniard who founded an order of Dominicans in the 19th century.

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5. Rafael Arnaiz Baron, a Spaniard, who wrote extensively about spirituality before his death at
age 27.

662. Countries which have signed a historic peace agreement recently ending a century of
hostility – hostility that stemmed from the World War One mass killing of Armenians by
Ottoman forces?
Turkey and Armenia .w
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663. A former TV crime show host and state legislator accused of commissioning killings to
boost ratings turned him in to authorities and was jailed on homicide and drug trafficking
charges?
Wallace Souza
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664. Who has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?
Barack Obama, US President.

665. Canada's first space tourist and also the world's first Space Clown who returned from
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International Space station on October 11, 2009?


Guy Laliberte

666. Who is the new President of International Academy of Astronautics?


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G Madhavan Nair. (Former ISRO Chairman)

667. Who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences?


Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson for their work in economic governance.
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Ostrom was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences since it was founded
in 1968.

668. The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal?


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Sujata Koirala
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669. Name of the previously unreleased song by Michael Jackson which was unveiled to the
world almost four months after the star's death?
"This Is It"

670. Sweden striker who announced his retirement from International Football recently?

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Henrik Larsson. Larsson retired in 2002 but returned to international action two years later.

671. Who are the co-winners of the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, known as "Alternative

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Nobel", for their work in campaigning against nuclear weapons, protecting the rain forests
of Congo and raising awareness about climate change?
1. Alyn Ware of New Zealand
2. Rene Ngongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
3. David Suzuki of Canada
4. Catherine Hamlin of Australia who won the award for treating women in Ethiopia suffering

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from obstetric fistula.

672. Who has received the 2009 Golden Foot award?


Ronaldinho, Brazilian Striker

shorter formats of the game?


Jacob Oram
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673. New Zealand all-rounder who retired from Test cricket to prolong his career in the
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674. Who is the new director of National Cricket Academy of India?
Sandeep Patel

675. Indian footballer who was a part of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics squad that finished
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fourth, which is India's best finish in Olympic football, died recently?


Keshto Pal

676. India has signed a civil nuclear pact with which country that encourages and support
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scientific technical and commercial co-operation for mutual benefit in the peaceful uses of
nuclear energy?
Argentina. Argentina has become the seventh country, following US, France, Russia,
Kazakhstan, Namibia and Mongolia, with which India has signed a civil nuclear agreement.
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677. Argentina qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa following a 1-0 away
victory over arch rival Uruguay in Montevideo. Who scored that goal for Argentina?
Mario Bolatti.He scored the goal in the 84th minute.
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678. Who is appointed as the new member of the Supreme Court Collegium after
retirement of the second senior most apex court judge Justice B N Agarwal?
Justice R V Raveendran.
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Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, has Justices H S Kapadia,
Tarun Chatterjee and Altamas Kabir as the members.
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679. India recently signed the Military Technical Cooperation Agreement with which
country?
Russia.
India and Russia signed two defence deals at the conclusion of the Sixth Meeting of the India -
Russia Inter Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC). The

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first agreement would be on extending the military technical cooperation for ten years from 2011
to 2020 and the second relates to after-sales product support for defence equipment of Russian
origin.

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680. Countries which are qualified for World Cup-Football 2010 as the 20th and 21st
nations for the 32-team World Cup, scheduled for next June in South Africa?
Switzerland and Slovakia.
This is Slovakia’s first World Cup. They achieved the landmark by beating Poland 1-0

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681. Who has been appointed as the captain of the Australia Twenty20 team?
Michael Clark
Vice Captain: Cameron White

682. Indian-American billionaire who has been featured in Forbes annual list of America's
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200 Best Small Companies among "eight self-made stars who have built tidy empires in an
array of industries"?
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Bharat Desai

683. The Country which decided to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope
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and the U.N.-designated International Year of Astronomy recently?


Vatican
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684. The first African country to win the under-20 World Cup Football after beating four-
time champions Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot out in the final held in Cairo ?
Ghana

685. Veteran Journalist, publisher social activist and a pioneer in bringing out evening
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dailies in Malayalam died at a private hospital in Kozhikode in Kerala?


Theruvath Raman

686. Who has been named as the AIFF (All India Football Federation) Player of the Year-
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2009?
Subrata Paul. Paul has thus become the first goalkeeper to win this award which started in 1992.
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687. Who is elected as the new president of the All India Football Federation?
Prafool Patel
General Secretary of AIFF: Alberto Colaco

688. Who is the new world champion in Formula One?

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Jenson Button

689. Russian gymnast, who won a bronze medal at world championships in London, died y

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in a car crash recently?
Yury Ryazanov

690. Who becomes the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica, one of the
country's highest honours, at a ceremony in the capital Kingston?

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Usain Bolt

691. Who was re-elected as President of Indonesia securing nearly 61 per cent of the vote,
ahead of his nearest rival and ex-president Megawati Sukarnoputri?
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

692. Who is the Vice President of Indonesia?


Boediono
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693. A man who worked for years as a nurse's aide in Maryland and Pennsylvania who has
been crowned as a king in Uganda recently?
Charles Wesley Mumbere

694. Which trains collided in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura city killing 23 people on October 23,
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2009?
Goa Express and Mewar Express,

695. Who was confirmed as the next Lucasian Professor of Mathematics on 19 October
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2009, to succeed Stephen Hawking on 1 November 2009?


Michael Boris Green. He is a British physicist and one of the pioneers of string theory.
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696. Which country has begun operating an earthquake monitoring station at the foot of
Mount Everest in a bid to learn more about the world's highest peak?
China

697. Recipients of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-


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Madanjeet Singh Prize-2009 for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence?


Franois Houtart of Belgium and Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan
Franois Houtart won this award for his life-long commitment to world peace, human rights and
the promotion of tolerance. Abdul Sattar won this award for his life-long efforts to ameliorate the
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conditions of the most disadvantaged groups in Pakistan and South Asia. The prize money
comprises of $100,000 which is to be shared equally between them.
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698. The broadcaster which has bagged the broadcast rights for cricket to be played in
India over the next four years starting April 2010?
Nimbus Communications Ltd. They own the Neo Sports and Neo Cricket channels. Nimbus will
pay the BCCI well over Rs 2,000 core for airing all the matches organized by the board in India
from 2010 to 2014.

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699. American scientist who had worked for the White House and NASA was arrested by
the United States authorities recently, charged with attempted spying for Israel?

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Stewart David Nozette.

700. Who is the Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir?


Raja Farooq Haider Khan

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701. Indian American philanthropist brothers who won the Northern Virginia Community
Foundation’s community leader award for 2009?
Sudhakar V. Shenoy and Suresh V. Shenoy

702. Who bagged the PSPB Sports Person of the Year award for 2008-09?
Saina Nehwal
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World billiards champion Pankaj Advani and cricketer Virender Sehwag shared the Sports
Person of the Year award for 2007-08.
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703. The Director of National Institute for Ocean Technology (NIOT)?
Dr. M.A.Atmanand

704. Who was named New Zealand cricketer of the year-2009?


Daniel Vettori. He was also honoured with all-rounder and most successful first class bowler
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award.

705. Which party emerged victorious in all assembly elections held in the three states of
Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh?
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Indian National Congress

706. Who has denied having written a foreword attributed to him in the autobiography by
Congo Republic President Denis Sassou-Nguesso?
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Nelson Mandela

707. Which team clinches Champions League T20 Cricket title-2009?


New South Wales Blues. They beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final by 41 runs
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708. Which state won the National Interstate Athletic championship-2009?


Kerala
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709. Coach of New Zealand Cricket Team who has resigned from his position following a
review of the performance of the side after their return from the Champions Trophy?
Andy Moles
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710. The only Indian film which is included in the competition section of the 54th
Valladolid International Film Festival which began on October 23?
Rithu (Malayalam Film) which is directed by National Award winner Syamaprasad,
Valladolid, one of Europe’s oldest film festivals.

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711. The only Indian Film Director who is included in the judges’ panel of 11th
International Film Festival at Mumbai which starts from October-29?
Shaji N Karun.

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712. New name of Orissa?
Orissa will soon be known as Odisha and the name Oriya language too will be changed from
Oriya to Odia.

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713. Who won the Kremlin Cup Women’s tennis title-2009?
Francesca Schiavone of Italy. She beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus in the final.

714. Who won the Kremlin Cup Men’s tennis title-2009?


Mikhail Youzhny(Russia). He beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the final.

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715. Who won the Moto Grant Pix World Championship-2009?
Valentino Rossi (Italy)
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716. Which country won the seven-match hockey Test series against Canada in Canada?
India. India won the series 6-0.

717. Fifteenth ASEAN summit which ends With Pledge to Build Flexible Community held
in?
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15th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during October 23-25 in
two well-known adjoining beach resorts of Cha-am and Hua Hin in Thailand.
Association of Southeast Nations has 10 members - Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - which met with dialogue partners
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Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea for an East Asia Summit.

718. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s younger sister who has just revealed that she
was for years a spy for the CIA.?
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Juanita Castro.
The revelations come in a new memoir, “Fidel and Raúl, My Brothers: The Secret History”

719. Who won Stockholm Open Tennis title -2009?


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Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. He captured his first title of 2009 with a straight set victory over
Belgium’s Olivier Rochus.

720. Mongolian Prime Minister who tenders resignation citing health reasons?
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Bayar Sanjaa
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723. Which country has stopped issuing visas to Canadian citizens amid rising tensions
between the two governments?
Libya

724. Who has been appointed the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra for the third time?

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Chhagan Bhujbal

725. 21-year-old women’s 100-meter sprint champion who has been banned from

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competition for life after testing positive for banned drugs at the China National Games?
Wang Jing

726. Who has been appointed as chairman and managing director (MD) of Punjab
National Bank?

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K R Kamath

727. Which footballer has won the award for the best player of Spanish league 2008-2009?
Lionel Messi

728. A Taliban car bomb killed 89 Pakistanis and wounded hundreds more at a bazaar in
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Pakistan took place hours after the US Secretary of State touched down for a diplomatic
visit in Islamabad. Venue of that car bomb attack?
Meena Bazaar, in Peshawar
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729. The former England umpire, who has died at the age of 68 after a long battle with
cancer?
David Shepherd
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730. Name of the controversial book written by Andre Agassi in which he admits that he
used the drug crystal meth or ice in the middle of his highly lucrative tennis career?
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“Open”
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731. Man of the Match of first ODI between India and Australia held in Baroda?
Michael Hussey
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732. Man of the Match of second ODI between India and Australia held in Nagpur?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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734. Who will be the new deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India?
Subir Gokarn

735. Name of the last work of Michael Jackson ,a documentary which released recently ?
“This is it”

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736. Who has been elected as the first Asian American woman president of the 75-year-old
American College of Chest Physicians?

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Dr Kalpalatha K Guntupalli

737. Which country takes the lead in this year’s ranking of the world’s most prosperous
countries announced by the UK-based economic think-tank the Legatum Institute on 27
October?

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Finland.
The top three includes two other small liberal democracies, Switzerland and Sweden.
Zimbabwe is in the last spot.

738. Toronto-based folk singer who died after coyotes pounced on her during a solo hike in
Cape Breton national park in Canada?
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Taylor Mitchell
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Coyote is a member of the dog family found in low deserts and valleys.

739. Name of NASA’s first rocket since 1981, which has launched successfully on 28th of
October 2009?
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Ares 1-X

740. United Nations torture investigator who was barred from Zimbabwe and sent back to
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South Africa after a night in Harare airport?


Manfred Nowak

741. India’s second-largest public sector lender which plans to buy a majority stake in
Dana Bank, bank in Kazakhstan, for an estimated $24 million, which would be its first
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overseas acquisition?
Punjab National Bank

742. Name of the world’s largest and most expensive cruise ship which has set sail recently
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for Miami from the Finnish shipyard where it was built?


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“Oasis of the Seas”

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743. The Malayalam Superstar who is elected as the goodwill ambassador of Kerala
athletics?
Mohan Lal
Superstar Mammootty had been hailed as the brand ambassador of volleyball in Kerala.

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744. Eminent scientist who took over as the chairman of the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO)?
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K Radhakrishnan
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745. Who is the new Director of Vikram Sarabahi Space Centre (VSSC),
Thiruvananthapuram?
P.S. Veeraraghavan, a rocket technologist.
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746. Due to security reasons, India has recently issued an order to ban all pre-paid mobile
phones in a state. Which is that state?
Jammu and Kashmir.
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747. A collection of letters from British poet sold at auction for $459,110.67, exceeding the
highest pre-sale estimates by more than $160,000 and selling for more than any other
letters or manuscript by a British Romantic poet. Name of that Poet?
Lord George Byron
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748. Haiti -- Prime Minister who was removed from office by the Haitian Senate?
Michele Pierre-Louis
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749. An Indian-American who has been appointed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and
Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in the US
Department of Commerce?
Suresh Kumar

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750. Who becomes the first Indian to make a fifty while batting at No.9 against Australia?

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Praveenkumar. He became the first batsman from India to post a fifty on Indian soil while
batting at No.9 position

751. The Income Tax department recently conducted nationwide raids at 70 addresses
linked to former Jharkhand Chief Minister who has possessing assets worth Rs 2000

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crores. Name of that former Jharkhand CM who is now a MP?
Madhu Koda

752. Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan of Kerala laid foundation for States first Border
Security Force (BSF) unit in which place?
Kainur village in Thrissur district.
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753. A modern space science complex of international standards is to be set up by Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in South India. Where is it?
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Ponmudi hills in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala

754. Who has been inducted as SP of the prestigious National Investigation Agency (NIA)?
T.K. Rajmohan
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755. Who won the Man of the Match award in the third One Day International Cricket
between India and Australia held in Delhi?
Yuvraj Singh. India beat Aussies by 6 wickets
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756. Who has claimed the top slot as the highest tax payer in the country for the current
fiscal?
Lalit Modi, the Indian Premier League chief.
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757. China's keystone space scientist, widely acclaimed as the country's "father of space
technology" and "king of rocketry", died of illness recently at the age of 98?
Tsien Hsue-shen.
He has also gone by the name of Qian Xuesen
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758. The massive fire at which depot of Indian Oil Corporation destroys Rs 1000 crore,
ruins several lives?
Jaipur's Indian Oil Corporation depot
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759. Which documentaries have been recently nominated for the prestigious 5th CMS
VATAVARAN, environment and wildlife film festival, held at the India Habitat Centre,
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New Delhi?
‘My Purple Sunbird’ directed by Sunil Raj
‘Kaanam - Life Story of a Midland Hill’ by Babu Kambrath

760. Indian who was elected as member of the Italian Democratic Party National assembly?

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Sibi Kumaramangalam

761. Who is appointed as the chief justice of Himachal Pradesh?

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Justice Kurian Joseph. He is the senior most judge of the Kerala High Court

762. Who has been appointed first Goodwill Ambassador of the ‘Smile Train,’ an
international charity that provides free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need?
Aishwarya Rai Bachan

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763. The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan has
dropped the name of Karnataka High Court Justice from the list of those recommended for
elevation to the Supreme Court. Name of that justice?
Justice PD Dinakaran

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764. Name of the typhoon, the fourth in a month, which has hit Manila in the Philippines
bringing with it heavy rain, flooding and a tropical storm?
Typhoon Mirinae.
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Typhoon Ketsana was the first to hit this region at the end of September. About 420 people died
in that storm and tens of thousands of people are still living in shelters after their homes washed
away. This was followed up by Typhoon Parma that killed over 430 people and destroyed 55,000
houses. Typhoon Lupit was the third typhoon to hit the area last week.
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765. Who emerged as the winner of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in the male category?
Deriba Merga of Ethiopia.
Marry Kitney succeeded in winning the title in women category. Around 30,000 people
participated in the Airtel Delhi half Marathon 2009.
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766. Name the Jammu Kashmir 'braveheart' who killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist
has been appointed as the Special Police Officer (SPO) in the Jammu Kashmir police force
recently ?
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Rukhsana Kausar.
Rukhsana, who hails from Kalsi village in upper Shahdhara area of Rajouri district, 180 km
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north of Jammu, had grappled with LeT terrorists who entered her home, grabbed an AK-47
from one and shot him dead. The terrorist killed was Abu Osama, LeT commander.

767. Kerala High Court Judge who resigned from his post on 2nd November 2009 citing
personal reasons?

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Justice V Giri.
He was the first permanent judge of Kerala High court who resigned from his post. Justice K P
Dandapani is the only judge of the Kerala High Court to have resigned before him. But he was

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not permanent at that time.

768. Which public sector company has won "SCOPE AWARD" for Excellence and
Outstanding contribution to Public Sector Management - Special Institutional
(Turnaround) Category 2007-08?
Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd, Ranchi

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769. Who won the Man of the Match award in the fourth One Day international Cricket
match between India and Australia held in Mohali?
Shane Watson. He scored 49 runs and took 3 wickets.
Australia won the match by 24 runs.
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770. American company which is a major lender to hundreds of thousands of small and
medium-sized businesses, filed for bankruptcy recently, as the global financial crisis left it
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unable to fund itself and the recession clobbered its loans?
CIT Group Inc
Bankruptcy is also a blow for the U.S. government, which invested $2.33 billion in CIT in
December through the Troubled Asset Relief Program and will likely lose most of it.
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771. Who won the WTA championship-2009 held in Doha?


Serena Williams. She defeated her sister and defending champion Venus 6-2 7-6(4) in the WTA
Championships final in Doha.
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772. Who is the winner of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009 Race?
Sebastian Vettel

773. Who is the Chairman of the International Jury of 33rd International Film Festival
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held at Cairo?
Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

774. Which Indian film won the Silver Award at the just concluded 33rd Cairo
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International Film Festival?


“Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai” (Tamil Film) directed by Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam

775. The legendary French anthropologist and philosopher who passed away recently in his
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Paris home at the age of 100?


Claude Levi-Strauss. One of his more influential fields of study involved the observation of
tribes in Brazil and North America.
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776. Who has been conferred the Fellow Membership of the Kolkata-based National
Institute of Personnel Management?

Dr George Sleeba, Chairman and Managing Director of FACT, Kerala


777. Who was re-elected president of the United Arab Emirates for a second five-year

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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan

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778. Who won the Man of the Series Award in the ODI Cricket Series between Bangladesh
and Zimbabwe?
Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh). Bangladesh won the 5 match series 4-1

779. Which country’s central bank bought 200 metric tons of gold from the International

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Monetary Fund last month, in the first major move by a major central bank to diversify its
foreign-exchange reserves?
India.
Reserve Bank of India bought 200 metric tons of gold to manage its foreign-exchange reserves.

780. Which team was banned by BCCI from this year's Ranji Trophy cricket Season for

Services.
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skipping a match against Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar citing security reasons?

The Services cricket team is a domestic cricket team in the Elite Group of the Ranji Trophy, the
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main domestic competition in India.

781. Which country made the fifth lowest total in one-day cricket by making only 44 runs
to their account?
Zimbabwe.
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Bangladesh bowlers demolished Zimbabwe for 44 runs in the fourth ODI match, the fifth lowest
total in one-dayers. Nazmul Hossain, who started the slide with his 2 wickets for 10 runs and
took a brilliant catch, was adjudged the man of the match
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782. Who has won the World Junior girls chess championship at Puerto Madryn in
Argentina on November 3, 2009?
Soumya Swaminathan. She is from Pune, India.
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783. Who won the Man of the Match award in the first ODI of the Cool & Cool Cup at Abu
Dhabi between New Zealand and Pakistan?
Shahid Afridi. He won this award for his 70runs and 2 wickets for 46.Pakistan won the match by
a whooping margin of 138 runs.
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784. The tropical Storm which slammed Vietnam's central coast on November-2, 2009,
unleashing heavy rains and winds and forcing more than 80,000 people to evacuate?
Mirinae. The death toll from Tropical Storm Mirinae in central Vietnam has risen to 109.
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785. Which African country establishes satellite medical link with India recently?
Sierra Leone. Officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa has launched a
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satellite link-up known as telemedicine so that doctors in this country can seek advice from their
colleagues in India.

786. A British-German scientist’s team recently has identified the old ancestor of the
world’s most infamous predator, Tyrannosaurus rex which is a dinosaur. Name of that

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165-million-year-old dinosaur lived during the middle Jurassic Period?
Proceratosaurus, the two-legged meat-eater would have measured about 3m long and weighed up
to 60kg.

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787. Which state won Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award-07 for the best
contribution in tree planting activities and Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award-08
for increasing forest & tree cover in the State?
Kerala

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789. Twelve-year-old boy who made a World record in inter-school cricket by smacking a
mammoth 439 in the prestigious Harris Shield tournament at the MB Union Cricket Club
grounds, Cross Maidan?

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Sarfaraz Khan..
Harris Shield is the tournament in which Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli piled up a world
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record 664 runs for the third wicket in February 1988, helping their school, Shardashram
Vidyamandir, to score 748 for 2 in 122 overs against St Xavier's School at Azad Maidan.

790. Who won the Man of the Match award in the fifth ODI cricket match between India
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and Australia held on 5th November, 2009 at Uppal, Hyderabad?


Sachin Tendulkar. He scored 175 runs and that was his 45 th ODI century. Australia won the
match by 3 runs.
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791. Fugitive former Thailand Prime minister who was appointed as economic advisor to
the Cambodian government, in a move that adds to tensions between the countries?
Thaksin Shinawatra
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792. Name the U.S. Army psychiatrist who has killed 13 people and wounded 30 others in a
bloody rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas?
Major Nidal Malik Hasan
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793. Eminent public health expert of Kerala who passed away recently at the age of 71?
Dr. C.R. Soman
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794. Renowned scientist and former Director of UGC who has been selected for the
prestigious Kalinga Prize 2009.?

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Professor Yash Pal. The award is given by UNESCO for popularisation of science.

795. Which country won gold medal in men’s kabbadi, in the third Asian Indoor Games in
Vietnam?
India

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796. Who is appointed as the new captain of Kolkatta Knight Rider’s Team for IPL-3?
Saurav Ganguly
Coach: David Whatmore
Wasim Akram selected as mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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797. A never-seen-before Charlie Chaplin film was recently found in a nitrate film tin by a
man who bought it on eBay for £3.20. Name of that previously unseen Charlie Chaplin
movie which could be worth up to £40,000?
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‘Charlie Chaplin in Zepped’

798. Which team claims the 2009 AFC Champions League title with a 2-1 victory over Al
Ittihad at the National Stadium in Tokyo?
Pohang Steelers of South Korea. The title was Pohang's third continental triumph (following
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Asian Club Championship wins in 1997 and 1998) and means they become the most successful
team in Asian football history.

799. Coach of triple Olympic and World Championship gold medalist Usain Bolt and
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president of the Racers Track Club, who has resigned after 22 years as head of the
Jamaican national track and field team?
Glen Mills
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800. Who won the Man of the Match award in the second ODI between New Zealand and
Pakistan held in Abudabi?
Brendan McCullum. He scored 131 runs (His second ODI century) and New Zealand beat
Pakistan by 64 runs.
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801. Name of the online reservation system of Kerala Road Transport Corporation
inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan recently?
Sarathy
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802. Who won the Man of the series award of recently concluded ODI series between India
and Australia?
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Shane Watson. Australia won the seven match series by 4-2. The last match abandoned due to
rain.
Man of the Match of Sixth ODI: - Doug Bollinger. Australia won that match in Guwahati

803. Which country won the Asia Cup hockey championship-2009 for women held in

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Bangkok?
China.
China inflicted a 5-3 defeat on India to regain the trophy. China had won the trophy last in 1989

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at Hong Kong.

804. Which country won the Fed Cup women's tennis title with a comfortable 4-0 win over
the United States in Reggio Calabria.?
Italy

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805. India's National Academy of Letters, Sahitya Akademi, recently signed a MoU
(Memorandum of Understanding) with a digital technology leader to institute the 'Tagore
Literature Awards ' named after the legendary Shri Rabindranath Tagore. Name that
electronics giant?
Samsung. The award will recognize the best of literary contributions by writers in 8 Indian
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languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Telugu and Bodo

806. Who is re-elected unopposed as the president of Asian Athletic Association (AAA) in
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Guangzhou, China, to serve his third consecutive term at the office?
Suresh Kalmadi, Indian Olympic Association chief. He was elected for another four-year term
(2009-13)

807. Who won the Charlottesville Challenger ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals)
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Challenger tournament?
Kevin Kim (U.S.A). He beat Somdev Devvarman in the final.

808. Who is the new Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram,
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Kerala?
T.R. Chidambaram

809. Who won the Swiss Indoors Tennis title beating Roger Federer in the final?
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Novak Djokovic. He beat Roger Federer in his own backyard to win the Swiss Indoors final 6-4
4-6 6-2 in Basle.
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810. Which state won the South Zone inter-state badminton championship held in Andra
Pradesh?
Andra Pradesh
Guru Sai Dutt (Andra Pradesh) beat Ram C. Vijay (Kerala) in the boys’ final
Sikki Reddy, Girl’s Champion

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811. Who was chosen for the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2008-2009 by
BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket in India)?

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Mohinder Amarnath

812. 124 people have been killed by floods and mudslides in El Salvador after the Central
American nation was battered by a Hurricane. Name of that storm?
Hurricane Ida

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813. Who won the Man of the Match award in the first ODI between South Africa and
Zimbabwe held at the Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 8th of November 2009?
Tatenda Taibu. He remains unbeaten on 103 runs. South Africa won the match by 45 runs

814. On the first day of the new Maharashtra assembly, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

Hindi. Name of that SP member?


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(MNS) legislators roughed up a member of Samajwadi Party for taking the oath of office in

Abu Asim Azmi. Maharashtra Legislative Assembly suspended four Maharashtra Navnirman
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Sena members for four years on charges of assaulting Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi.
The suspended MLA’s are Shishir Shinde, Ram Kadam, Ramesh Wanzale and Vasant Gite

815. First Muslim lady who will serve as minister in the Maharashtra government?
Fauzia Khan
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816. Man of the Match of third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand held in Abudabi
on November 9, 2009?
Mohammad Aamer (Pakistan). He made 73 runs and took two wickets.
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New Zealand won the match by 7 runs. They also won the 3-match series 2-1.

December 2009
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817. Who won India's first medal in the 18th Asian Athletics Championships held in
Guangzhou?
Kavita Raut. She won a bronze in women's 500m race on the opening day of the 18th Asian
Athletics Championship
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818. Which bank has won the 'Great Mind Challenge' Award for implementing the most
innovative solution for business?
Federal Bank. Federal Bank is the first bank in the country to receive this award and the award
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has been introduced by IBM for the first time in India for business development initiatives.
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819. India’s first Aerospace SEZ (Special Economic Zone) launched in?
Belgaum, Karnataka. Aerospace and engineering major QuEST Global launched the country's
first aerospace Special Economic Zone for development and manufacture of aerospace precision
engineering products.

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820. Which documentary has been selected for the Recycling Fond award at the 36th
International Festival of Sustainable Development Films-ekotopfilm 2009?
‘Farming our Future’ Direction: Venu Nair

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821. Who has been appointed Pakistan captain for the Test tour of New Zealand?
Mohammad Yousuf
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822. Who won India's first Gold medal in the 18th Asian Athletics Championships held in
Guangzhou?
Om Prakash Singh. He won the men's shot put gold for India.

823. Goalkeeper of Germany who committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in


Hanover?
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Robert Enke
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824. The sniper whose murderous shooting spree in the fall of 2002 left at least 10 dead in
Washington, was executed by lethal injection at a Virginia state prison?
John Allen Muhammad
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825. Who is appointed as the head of United States Agency for International Development?
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Rajiv Shaw
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826. Who has been chosen for this year’s K.R. Narayanan Award?
N.Ram, Editor-in-Chief of Hindu.
He has won this award for his outstanding contribution to journalism in India. Instituted by the
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K.R. Narayanan Foundation in memory of the late President, the award is to honour individuals
who have excelled in various fields.

827. Who has been selected for the K. R. Narayanan Pravasi Ratna award?
M. A. Yusuf Ali, UAE-based industrialist won this award for his contribution to the cause of

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NRIs.
K. R. Narayanan Kala Puraskaram award went to Malayalam film ‘Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja’

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828. Most-wanted cocaine kingpin of Mexico who had been ranked by Forbes magazine as
one of the most powerful people in the world.
Joaquin Guzman. He ranked 41 on Forbes' 'powerful' list.

829. A Michael Jackson portrait has sold for $812,000 (£507,500) at an auction in Los

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Angeles. The artist of that portrait is?
Andy Warhol

830. Sri Lanka's armed forces chief who has resigned from his post just months after
helping secure the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels?
Gen Sarath Fonseka
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831. Who has been selected for Ezhuthachan puraskaram-2009, highest literary honour of
Kerala State?
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Sugathakumari. She is a renowned poet and social activist. She has won this award for her
valuable contribution to Malayalam poetry.

832. Who has been named captain of the Indian hockey team for the FIH Men's
Champions Challenge tournament in Salta, Argentina?
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Rajpal Singh. The tournament will take place from December 6 to 13.

833. The Video game collected $550 million in 5 days, which has beaten largest worldwide
box-office opening, held by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which tallied $394
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million over its first five days?


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"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"


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834. Who was sworn as the first Punjabi-American (Sikh) mayor of Yuba City in U.S.A?
Kashmir Singh Gill
Yuba City is known as the first Punjabi village in U.S.A

835. Which country leads medals in the 18th Asian Athletics Championships held in

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Guangzhou, China in 2009?
China (47 Medals, 18 Gold, 19 Silver, 10 Bronze)
India occupies the sixth position(12 Medals, 1 gold, 4 Silver, 7 bronze).

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47 Nations participated in the event.

836. The country which have reached the World Cup finals for the second time in their
history with victory over Bahrain in their qualifying play-off?
New Zealand

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837. Who is the Man of the series of the 20-20 series between Pakistan and New Zealand
held in Dubai?
Shahid Afridi. Pakistan won the series 2-0.

838. Who has clinched the Australian Masters Golf Title held in Melbourne?
Tiger Woods
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839. Which country chosen as host for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
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meetings held from February to November 2009?
Singapore

840. The 2011 meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be held in?
Honolulu
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841. National junior athletics championships from November 20 to 24 held in?


Warangal, Andrapradesh
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842. What is the highest score of India in a test cricket match on a single day?
443/1 in the second day of the third test match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
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843. Which country won FIFA Under-17 World Cup?


Switzerland. They defeated hosts and defending champions Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

844. Who became the second Indian to complete 11,000 Test runs in the recent test match
against Sri Lanka?
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Rahul Dravid.

845. Who is appointed as the chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka?


Roshan Gunathilleke
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846. Who is appointed as Australia's batting coach for the upcoming cricket season?
Justin Langer
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847. President of India, Pratibha Patil recently nominated five noted personalities to Rajya
Sabha. Who are they?
1.HK Dua, Eminent journalist.
2.AK Ganguly, Former Chairman of Hindustan Lever Limited.These two will replace Film Actor
Hema Malini and Journalist Chandan Mitra, whose term has come to an end.

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3. Javed Akhtar, Lyricist and poet
4. Prof CNR Rao (Chairman of the scientific advisory council to the PM)
5. G Madhavan Nair, Former ISRO chairman.

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848. Which Consumer electronics and durables major recently announced the
inauguration of its split air-conditioner manufacturing line at its Sriperumbudur facility?
Samsung.
The AC manufacturing unit in India is the fifth in the world for Samsung.

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849. According to the Open Doors 2009 report, which country has sent more than one lakh
students to USA for the academic year 2008-09?
India.
India retained its position as the top place of origin for international students in the US.
China remained in second place.
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850. Which District panchayats of Kerala have won the ‘Nirmal Grama Puraskaram’
instituted by the Union government for their efforts in maintaining high level of public
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hygiene?
Alappuzha and Pathnamthitta

851. Who becomes first Sri Lankan player to score a century in India since 1997?
Tilakaratne Dilshan
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852. Ace straw picture craftsman from India who has been invited to take part in the five
day Mode Heim Handwerk fair at Munich from November 25?
Kiran Rajendran. This is the first time that straw pictures from India will get the opportunity to
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be displayed in an international gallery.

853. The 11th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers Parties jointly hosted
by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India
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(CPI) took place in?


New Delhi.
Communist leaders from around the world met there on November 20-22, 2009 to discuss how to
'intensify popular struggles'
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854. One of Iraq's vice presidents who vetoed the country's new election law recently,
throwing into fresh doubt the feasibility of holding crucial national balloting in January ?
Tariq Hashimi. Iraq has two vice Presidents: Adil Abd Al-Mahdi and Tariq Hashimi.
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855. Sri Lankan player who scored a classy double century in the first test match against
India in Ahmedabad?
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Mahela Jayawardhene He scored 275 runs and it was his sixth double century.
He won the Man of the match Award of that match.
106. Who has been declared elected in the presidential elections of Afghanistan, which was held
on 20th August, this year?
Hameed Karzai

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857. Who has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize of 2009 for Peace,
Disarmament and Development?

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Prime Minister.

858. The 32 teams qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Football:
South Africa (Host), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Japan, Australia, South Korea, North Korea, England,
Netherlands, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, United States,
Mexico , Switzerland, Slovakia, Argentina, Honduras , New Zealand, Nigeria, Cameroon,

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Algeria, Greece, Slovenia, Portugal, France, Uruguay.

859. Who won the first Maliyama Foundation Award?


Irom Sharmila The award will be given to her for her crusade against human rights violations
and for repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
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860. The 1,500m champion of Beijing Olympics-2008, who has been stripped of his gold
medal after a failed drugs test.
GK
Rashid Ramzi. The Moroccan-born runner who competes internationally for Bahrain was the
only gold medalist from Beijing caught using performance-enhancing drugs

861. Who is the richest man in India with USD 32 billion in net worth followed by steel
tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and Anil Ambani, according to the Forbes annual rich list for the
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country?
Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman.

862. Which Indian film has bagged five awards at the South Asian International Film
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Festival held in New York?


'Manjaadikkuru'. The Malayalam film bagged five awards including the ones for Best Film, Best
Direction, Best Script, Best Cinematography and Best Debutante Talent. The film is directed by
Anjali Menon
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863. Who has chosen as first full-time president of European Union?


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Herman Van Rompuy, Belgian Prime Minister

864. The cricketer who has reached the milestone in his career by completing a
phenomenal 30,000 runs in international cricket during the Test against Sri Lanka?

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Sachin Tendulkar. He became the first batsman to complete 30,000 international runs when he
scored his 35th run in the second innings against Sri Lanka. He slammed his 43rd Test century in
that match.

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865. Which country won women's team title in the 19th Asian Table Tennis Championships
held in Lucknow?
China. The beat Singapore 3-1 in the final while host India finished seventh.

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866. Who has been named as High Representative (Chief) for Foreign Affairs and Security
Policy of European Union?
Catherine Ashton, Britain

867. Which team won their second successive Russian Premier League title?
Rubin Kazan
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868. Two Pakistani men accused of providing logistical support for last year's deadly terror
attacks in Mumbai, India, were arrested in Italy. Name of that terrorists?
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Mohammad Yaqub Janjua and Aamer Yaqub Janjua

869. Which state of India won the national Junior Athletics Championship held at
Warangal for the 13th consecutive time?
Kerala.
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870. Constitution bench to consider the Mullaperiyar dam dispute between Tamil Nadu
and Kerala has been formed recently. The bench consists of?
The five-judge bench would be presided by Justice DK Jain. Justice Mukundakam Sharma, RM
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Lodha, D Sudharshan Reddy and Deepak Varma would be the other members.

871. Who has been named as the Secretary of the International Monetary Fund by its
Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
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Siddharth Tiwari, Indian economist.

872. Which is the inaugural film of the 40th edition of the International Film Festival of
India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa, on Nov 23, 2009?
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“Wheat", Chinese historical drama was the inaugural film.

873. Who is the Man of the match of the second ODI between South Africa and England at
Super Sport Park, Centurion on 22-11-2009?
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Paul Collingwood. He scored unbeaten 105 after took two wickets and held a superb catch as
England beat South Africa by 7-wickets.
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874. Which state crowned champions in the 55th National School Games held in Amritsar?
Kerala. Kerala won 76 medals, including 28 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze.
Hosts Punjab came second in the medal tally with 24 gold medals and 10 bronze.

875. A long-running inquiry commissioned by the Indian government to investigate the

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destruction of the disputed structure Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. In November 2009,
a day after a newspaper published the allegedly leaked contents of the report, the report
was tabled in the Indian parliament by the Home Minister, P. Chidambaram. Name of that

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commission?
Liberhan Commission

876. Who has been crowned Miss Earth 2009 which was held on November 22 at the
Boracay beach resort in Aklan province, central Philippines?
Larissa Ramos, Nineteen-year-old Brazilian beauty.

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877. Who is the Brand Ambassador of Kerala Hockey?
Suresh Gopi, Malyalam Superstar.

878. Which athletes were crowned as the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2009
by International Athletic Foundation (IAF)?
Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Sanya Richard, USA
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879. India’s nuclear-capable intermediate range and surface-to-surface missile which was
test—fired for the first time on 23rd of Novmber-2009?
Agni II
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880. Who won the Artist of the Year Award at the 37th American Music Awards (AMAs)
beating out Michael Jackson?
Taylor Swift. She won five awards while Jackson got 4 awards.
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881. Who was the oldest person to ever climb Mt Everest?


Min Bahadur Sherchan, 78 years old became the oldest person to conquer the world's highest
peak
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882. China executed two people recently for their roles in a tainted milk powder scandal in
which at least six children died and more than 300,000 became sick. Who are they?
Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping.
Zhang Yujun was executed for endangering public safety and Geng Jinping was executed for
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producing and selling toxic food

883. Who has taken over as General Manager, Southern Railway on 21st November 2009?
Shri Deepak Krishan
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884. Secretary Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs who is appointed as Secretary of
Ministry of Shipping?
K Mohandas.

885. SEBI (Stock Exchange Board of India )has served an amended notice to a major

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Indian company asking why it shouldn't be barred from accessing the stock markets under
the rules on fraudulent and unfair trade practices and the gains it made of Rs.513 crore not
be disgorged. Which is that company?

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Reliance Industries (RIL). SEBI has issued an amended notice to Mukesh Ambani-led RIL on
insider trading.

886. Who became the first woman president to fly in a fighter jet, the Sukhoi-30MKI of the
Indian Air Force?
Pratibha Patil, Indian President

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887. Prosecutors in the genocide trial of a former Khmer Rouge prison chief demanded a
40-year jail sentence recently for a man they described as responsible for snuffing out
innocent lives and spreading terror across Cambodia. Name of that Jail Chief?
Kaing Guek Eav. He is also known as Duch (pronounced DOIK) oversaw the torture and
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execution of about 16,000 men, women and children during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-79 rule.
Some 1.7 million Cambodians died of torture, execution, disease and starvation under the Khmer
Rouge.
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The Khmer Rouge was the name given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea,
the totalitarian ruling party in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, led by Pol Pot, Ieng Sary, Son Sen
and Khieu Samphan.
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888. Iran's best-selling newspaper, which has been banned for publishing a picture of a
temple belonging to the outlawed Bahai sect.?
Hamshahri.
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889. Who became the fourth highest run getter in Test cricket, surpassing former
Australian captain, Allan Border?
Rahul Dravid. Border took 156 Tests to reach 11,174 Test runs at an average of 50.56. Dravid
reached 11182 runs in 136 Tests at an average of 53.50,
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Tendulkar - 161 matches - 12917 runs - average of 54.76


Lara -131 matches - 11953 runs - average of 52.88
Ponting - 136 matches - 11345 runs - average of 55.88
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890. Who has been appointed as chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India?
Srikumar Banerjee. He is a leading expert in Materials and Technology in the country and
director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
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891. The son of a Philippines clan boss who was charged with murder recently after the
massacre of at least 57 people in last week of November-2009?
Andal Ampatuan Jr, a local mayor in Maguindanao province.
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892. The United States of America has reached an agreement to station an American
antimissile defense system on a country in Central Europe recently. Which is that country?
Poland.
United States and Poland have agreed terms for stationing US troops in Poland so that the
deployment of US Patriot missiles can start next year.

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893. The search engine which apologized recently for results of image search of 'Michelle
Obama’, first lady of U.S.?

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Google.
In November, when someone typed "Michelle Obama" in the popular search engine Google, one
of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to resemble a
monkey.

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894. Pakistan player who hits century on debut in the first test match against New Zealand
in Dunedin?
Umar Akmal, a blistering 129 (160b, 21x4, 2x6) on debut. He won the Man of the Match award,
but Pakistan lost that match by 32 runs.

895. The French Parliament has unanimously adopted the civil nuclear agreement with an
Asian Country. Which is that country?
India.
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896. Which car has been ranked No. 1 in the mid-size entry segment (228 PP/100),
according to the 2009 J.D. Power Asia Pacific India Vehicle Dependability Study released
recently?
Ford Ikon
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897. Who was awarded the man of the match in the second test match between India and
Sri Lanka played at Kanpur?
Sreesanth. He was declared Man of the Match for his 6 wicket haul.
India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 144 runs in that match and it was India's 100th test win in
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all, their first being way back in 1952 against England.

898. Former Indian Volleyball team captain who has been selected for the 21st Jimmy
George Foundation award, 2009, for his contributions to sports?
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Tom Joseph

899. Iranian authorities have confiscated the Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to Iranian
lawyer-activist in 2003 for her work as a lawyer and human rights activist. Name of that
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Nobel laureate?
Shirin Ebadi

900. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), leaders from 51


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Commonwealth countries began a three-day summit started on November 27, 2009, held
in?
Port of Spain
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901. Which country n launched its fifth spy satellite on 28th November 2009 in a bid to
boost its ability to independently gather intelligence?
China

902. Which company has been awarded the 2009 CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)

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National Award for Energy Efficient Unit?
Piramal Healthcare's Digwal, India, manufacturing division.

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903. Who was awarded the man of the match in the first test match between Australia and
West Indies played at Brisbane?
Ben Hilfenhaus. This Australian bowler took 3 wickets in the first innings and claimed two in the
second innings. Australia beat West Indies by an innings and 65 runs.

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904. Who becomes the youngest West Indian to score a Test century on debut?
Adrian Barath At just 19 years and 228 days, Barath became the seventh youngest batsman in
Test history to post a century on debut. He had scored 104 of West Indies' total of 154 in the
second innings.

905. Who was adjudged Man of the Match in the third ODI between South Africa and
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England played at Cape Town on November 27, 2009?
AB de Villiers (South Africa). He scored 121 off 85 balls and South Africa won the match by
112 runs.
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906. Which Indian city will be the venue of the 97th Indian Science Congress?
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
96th Indian Science Congress held at NEHU in Shillong, Meghalaya.
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907. In November 2009, more than 50 employees of a nuclear plant of India were affected
due to high radiation levels. A water cooler for supplying water for the employees was
contaminated with tritiated water. Where is that nuclear plant?
Kaiga nuclear power station situated at Kaiga in Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka, India.
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908. The African nation which has been admitted into the Commonwealth of Nations,
becoming the 54th member of the organization of mostly former British colonies?
Rwanda
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909. Who was adjudged Man of the Match in the fourth ODI between South Africa and
England played at Port Elizabeth on November 29, 2009?
James Anderson (England). He took five wickets and England won the match by 7 wickets.
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910. Which country decided to sign civil nuclear deal with India recently?
Canada. India and Canada have agreed on a civil nuclear deal that will enable New Delhi to
access Canadian nuclear technology and uranium after a gap of 34 years. The deal is likely to be
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signed when Manmohan Singh goes to Canada to attend the G20 summit in June, 2010.
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911. Chief of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) who was sent to jail for 14 days after his
arrest in Andhra Pradesh's Karimnagar district before he could begin his "fast unto
death" for a separate Telangana state?
K Chandrasekhara Rao.

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912. Whop will be the new partner of Mahesh Bhupathi in doubles for the next tennis
season?

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Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Bhupathi and Mirnyi had enjoyed a successful partnership in the past
when the two won the 2002 US Open and also reached the Wimbledon final in 2003. Mark
Knowles was his earlier partner which ended in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals.

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