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NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS AND EVENTS

Who was nominated by the Union Government as the Director on the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India? Rajiv Mehrishi
Who was appointed as the new Secretary General of Lok Sabha? Anoop Mishra
Name the bill recently passed by Lok Sabha. This Bill adds communities in the list of scheduled castes in the states of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tripura. The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Arunachal Pradesh get its 18th district. What is the name of this district? Namsai
Union Government launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) service enabled with electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme in New Delhi to boost tourism. Currently how many countries can avail this facility? 43
Name the book penned by President Pranab Mukherjee? (This book released on 11th December 2014) Dramatic Decade on 1970s era
Name the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medalist boxer who was awarded Arjuna Award recently? Manoj Kumar
Which bank became the first to get the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) permission to set up a wholly-owned non-life insurance company? Kotak Mahindra Bank
Name the fund formally announced by the Central Government to facilitate channelisation of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to achieve the objective of cleanliness in India? Swachh Bharat Kosh
Which day will be celebrated as the National Milk Day every year in the memory of Dr Verghese Kurien, Father of India's White Revolution? 26th November
Which state government reduced retirement age of government employees from 60 to 58 recently? Haryana
Three global organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share best practices in the sanitation sector and provide basic sanitation facilities to lakhs of Indians. Who are these global organisations? World Toilet Organisation (WTO), WASTE and the Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH)
Who was appointed as the Governor of Bihar? West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi
Who was appointed as the brand ambassador of Housing finance company DHFL (Dewan Housing Finance Limited)? Shah Rukh Khan
Who was chosen as the next chairperson of the Press Council of India? Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad
Who was appointed as the Advocate General of Maharashtra? Sunil Manohar
Who was appointed as the chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)? Deepak Gupta
Which state government launched the MLA Adarsh Gram Yojana? Gujarat
Name the senior Congress leader and former Union Minister who died recently? Murli Deora
India won the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship 2014 defeating Nepal 6-0. Where was this tournament held? Islamabad (Pakistan)
BCCI-instituted Colonel C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for contribution to Indian cricket was awarded to? Dilip Vengsarkar
Which stock exchange was recently de-recognised by SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India)? Delhi Stock Exchange
Who was awarded Indian Film Personality of the year 2014 at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)? Rajanikant
Which State Government has announced a scheme named Home-Stay for tourists visiting the state? Gujarat
What is the name of Rs 43,033 crore rural electrification scheme recently approved by the Central Government and which will replace the existing Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY)? Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)
Name the CBI Director who was removed by Supreme Court from 2G trial case? Ranjit Sinha
What is the name of the new service launched by Uber for providing low cost cab service? UberGo
Which Indian Zoo is set to become first and the only zoo of the world to have the endangered Pygmy Hog (endangered species of pigs)? Assam Zoo
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 in recognition of its contribution in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space was awarded to? ISRO (Indian Space Reasearch Organisation)
Name the Chief Coach of Indian Hockey Team who resigned recently? Terry Walsh
Which company won the Rs. 18,000 crore tax dispute case against the Income Tax Department? Shell India
Name the Financial Services Secretary who was nominated by the Central Government as a director on the central board of directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)? Hasmukh Adhia
Name the index which was released by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which will systematically rank and compare 162 countries according to the impact of terrorism? Global Terrorism Index (GTI)
Name the surface-to-air missile which was successfully test fired from Chandipur, Odisha recently? Akash
Name the scheme which was relaunched by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to tap household savings for funding infrastructure development in the country? (The savings instrument will be available in the denomination of Rs. 1000, Rs. 5,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 50,000 but no tax benefits would be available on these investments.) Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)
Name the veteran classical vocalist who was conferred with the Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement? Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj
By which margin India beat Sri Lanka in the 5-match ODI cricket series? 5-0
Who won the women's and men's singles title of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier of Badminton respectively? Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth
Question Hour in Rajya Sabha shifted from 11 am to ......? 12 pm
Two States and three Union Territories achieved 100% inclusion under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). These two States and three UTs are? States - Kerala and Goa
UTs - Chandigarh, Puducherry and Lakshadweep
Which language will be dropped as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas as per the recent announcement of the Central Government? Germany
Who was inducted on the board of Interpol Foundation to contribute to two new global initiatives aimed at combating organised crime and terrorist activities by the international police organisation? Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata
Name the mission launched by Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi which is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October? National Bal Swachhta Mission
Which channel is re-launching itself as 'Desh ka Apna Channel' to attract more visitors? DD National
What is the name of the academy launched by the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) to impart training to youths? MANAS (Maulana Azad National Skills Academy)
Who was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia? Farhan Akhtar and Sania Mirza
UK, France and Nepal supported candidature of G4 nations for the permanent member of the reformed United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Which countries are the members of G4? India, Germany, Brazil and Japan
Name the ballistic missile which was successfully test fired from a naval ship off the Odisha coast? Dhanush
Who won the prestigious 'Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting' award for its programme 'Jeevan Rekha' which broadcast flood situation and rescue operations in the State live? Radio Kashmir Jammu
Name the nuclear capable surface to surface missile which was successfully test fired at Chandipur, Odisha? Prithvi-II
What is the name of the project launched by Child Rights and You (CRY) to end child labour? Project Unlearn
Children's Day was observed across India on? 14th November
Who launched SloPho (slogan and photography) app, a social gamified collaboration platform? Kapil Dev
Name the Indian cricketer who scored the highest ODI score ever of 264 runs against Sri Lanka recently? Rohit Sharma
Name the director of famous television show Maharabharat who died recently? Ravi Chopra
National Education Day was observed across India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on? 11th November
Which state has become the first state in India to have 100 per cent coverage of all households with bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)? Kerala
Who won Durand Cup 2014 football tournament beating Pune FC 1-0 in the final? Salgaocar FC
Which company acquire Cricbuzz.com which provides live cricket scores and news on web and mobile platform?Times Internet
What is the name of the system being developed by DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) with an interception range of 70 km and which was successfully test fired in Israel? Long Range - Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) System
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Jeevan Pramaan" – an "Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate". It will benefit? Pensioners
Who was awarded India's highest literary award "Jnanpith Award" 2013 for his outstanding work in Indian literature? Kedarnath Singh
Who was appointed as the Chairman of National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention? G S Sandhu
Name the Indian Zoo which was awarded The Earth Heroes Award 2014? Darjeeling Zoo (Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park)
Who was awarded the Indian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 award by finance minister Arun Jaitley? Hanumappa Sudarshan
Name the chairwoman of country's largest bank SBI who has been named as the most-powerful woman in business in India by the Fortune Magazine? Arundhati Bhattacharya
What is the name of India's first dedicated freight train to transport finished cars which was officially launched at Melpakkam near Chennai by D.V. Sadanada Gowda, Union Minister of Railways? AutoLinxSM
Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was conferred with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers Award. Which country gives this award? Japan
Which International Forum recognises 17 Indian Companies as Global Growth Companies?
(The selected companies are: 4G Identity Solutions, ANI Technologies, Avesthagen, Bandhan Financial Services, Centum Electronics, Finolex, Flipkart, Forbes Marshall, InterGlobe Enterprises, Justdial, MakeMyTrip, Nash Industries, Persistent Systems, Radikal Foods, RBL Bank, Sobha, and Transasia Bio-Medicals)
World Economic Forum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded Council of Ministers recently. How many new ministers were inducted? 21
Indian Men's Hockey team won the 4-match Test series against Australia by? 3-1
Who was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa? Laxmikant Parsekar
Who became the fastest cricketer to reach 6000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODI)? Virat Kohli
With which country India signed Memorandum of Excellence (MoU) to develop Nalanda University in Bihar as an international centre of excellence? Bhutan
Name the company which installed the world's tallest (120 metre) hybrid wind generator turbine at Kutch region of Gujarat? Suzlon Energy
Name the Chief Minister of Goa who recently resigned from his post to join Union Cabinet? Manohar Parrikar
National Cancer Awareness Day was observed across the country on? 7th November
Navy's torpedo recovery vessel sank off the Vishakapatnam Coast killing one sailor. What is the name of this vessel? TRV 72
Who has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex authority of the Income Tax department? Anita Kapur
Which village in Varanasi was adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana? Jayapur
Who was named captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year 2014? Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology released a commemorative postage stamp on? Liver transplantation in India
What is the name of autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar (authored by Sachin Tendulkar and Boria Majumdar) which was released on 5th November 2014? Playing It My Way
BSE (Bombay Stock Sensex) Sensex crossed a new milestone in terms of sensex points on 5th November 2014. What is this milestone? 28000 points
Which company has launched Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA) in partnership with leading tech firms of India to promote the growth of Indian language content on the web? Google Inc.
Name the first Indian company listed on the BSE 30-Sensex to have more than 75% shareholding by the FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors)? Mortgage Financier HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation)
To whom did the International Hockey Federation (FIH) awarded the prestigious President's Award at Morocco? Narinder Batra, the Hockey India Chief
What is the name of joint military exercise between Sri Lankan and Indian forces which started on 3rd November? Mithra Shakthi
What is the name of India's cheapest car with automatic gear shift technology recently launched by Maruti Suzuki India Limited? Alto K10
Names of 12 cities of Karnataka were officially changed from November 1. November 1 is the formation day of Karnataka . What is the new name of Bangalore? Bengaluru
Indian Navy has announced to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of an ancient Tamil King who is credited with expanding his empire to the South-East Asia and to the North up to the Ganges. What is the name of this king? Rajendra Chola
Name the veteran bollywood actor and social activist who died recently? (He had won Filmfare award for Best Negative Role for the film 'Sadak'.) Sadashiv Amrapurkar
To present a more realistic picture of Indian economy, 2011-12 will be taken as base year from January 2015 for computing the economic growth rate. At present which year is taken as base year to computer the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? 2004-05
Central Government has asked all states to fill up all the vacancies in police forces in one year. How many post are lying vacant in police forces across the country? 5.5 lakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has taken Right To Information (RTI) to another level. Starting this month all replies given under RTI by ministries will be posted? Online
Term of the 14th Finance Commission was extended by two months till? December 31, 2014
Name the CEO of Prasar Bharti who was elected vice-president of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in Macau? Jawhar Sircar
Which bank has recently announced that it has identified Vijay Mallya owned Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) as a wilful defaulter? (Earlier United Bank of India had also declared KFA a wilful defaulter.) UCO Bank
Starting November 1, 2014 using ATMs to withdraw money or for any other purposes like balance enquiry beyond five times in a month will attract a charge of? Rs. 20 per transaction
Who replaced Arvind Mayaram as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance? Rajiv Mehrishi
Name the former Union Carbide Chief who was wanted in Bhopal gas tragedy and who died recently at the age of 92? Warren Anderson
In which year Bhopal gas tragedy took place in which more than 3000 people were killed? 1984
Who is the author of the novel - Half Girl Friend? Chetan Bhagat
Which International cricket board was slapped Rs 250 crore damages claim for leaving the Indian tour mid-way? West Indies Cricket Board


INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS AND EVENTS

18th SAARC Summit was held in? Kathmandu (Nepal)
Who was awarded Male Athlete of the Year at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards? Michael Phelps
Name the Australian cricketer who died after getting hit on the head while batting? Phillip Hughes
Who won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 defeating Indian Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand? Magnus Carlsen
Who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to become the Formula One World champion for the second time? Lewis Hamilton
Which bank was awarded Custodian of the Year 2014 award? Deutsche Bank
Which company launched its new Web-Based Email Service, Verse? IBM Corp. (International Business Machines Corporation)
9th East Asia Summit was held at? Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
World Fisheries Day observed across the world on? 21st November
Which word was declared Word of the Year 2014 by Oxford English Dictionary? Vape
What does the word Vape means? To inhale or exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette
83rd Interpol General Assembly was held at? Grimaldi Forum (Monaco)
Theme for 25th ASEAN Summit was? Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community
25th ASEAN Summit was held at? Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
Who won the 2014 International Children's Peace Prize Award for her outstanding work to raise money for underprivileged children around the world? Indian-American student Neha Gupta
The International Buddhist Conference was held in? Lumbini (Nepal)
In which country G20 Summit 2014 was held? Australia
Which country will host G20 summit in 2015 and 2016 respectively? Turkey and China
What is the name of the remote sensing satellite launched by China recently? Yaogan-23
World Pneumonia Day observed across the world on? 12th November
22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit was held in? Beijing, China
Name the online retailer which made record earning of 9.3 billion dollar on a single day? Alibaba
Name the world number 1 badminton player who was suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for committing an anti-doping regulation violation? Lee Chong Wei
By how much percent the governing body of world cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced to increase the prize money for the winner of 2015 World Cup? (The winning team will be awarded $4.3 million dollar) 20%
At which place World Chess Championship 2014 between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen is being held? Sochi, Russia
Name the US Navy Seal who announced himself as the killer of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden? Robert O' Neil
Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall on? 9th November 2014
Who was awarded European Golden Boot award for the third time? (He share the prize with Luis Suarez) Cristiano Ronaldo
Who was named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year 2014? Angelo Mathews
Who won US Formula One Grand Prix 2014? Lewis Hamilton (UK)
Name the skipper of Pakistan who equalled the 28-year old record of Vivian Richards (West Indies) for the fastest century in 56 balls in a Test match against Australia? (In the same match he also broke the record of fastest Test half-century (previously held by Jacques Kallis) in just 21 balls) Misbah-ul Haq
Which country experienced a 24-hour blackout over the weekend due to a malfunction of a critical grid connection bringing power from India? Bangladesh
Atleast 55 people were killed at Wagah border in the Pakistan side. Wagah border is the border between Pakistan and?India
Name the first European Union country which recognise the State of Palestine? Sweden
Field Medal awards is related to which field? Mathematics
Fourth International Counter-Piracy Conference was held in? Dubai

New names of 12 cities of Karnataka
1.   Bangalore - Bengaluru
2.   Mengalore - Mengaluru
3.   Mysore - Mysuru
4.   Bellary - Ballari
5.   Bijapur - Vijayapura
6.   Belgaum - Belagavi
7.   Chikmagalur - Chikkamagaluru
8.   Gulbarga - Kalaburagi
9.   Hospet - Hosapete
10. Shimoga - Shivamogga
11. Hubli - Hubballi
12. Tumkur - Tumakuru


Highlights of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa

1. Best Film : LEVIATHAN, Directors: Andrey Zvyagintsev

2. Best Director : Nadav Lapid, Film : THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

3. Best Actor (Male) : Alexel Serebriakov And Dulal Sarkar, Film : LEVIATHAN And CHOTODER CHOBI

4. Best Actor (Female) : Alina Rodriguez And Sarit Larry, Film : BEHAVIOR And THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

5. Special Jury Award : Shrihari Sathe, Film : EK HAZARACHI NOTE

6. Indian Centenary Personality of the Year: Rajinikanth

7. Life Time Achievement Award : Mr. WONG KAR WAI

8. Centenary Award : EK HAZARACHI NOTE


Highlights of the LG ICC AWARDS 2014

1. Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year - Mitchell Johnson (Aus)

2. ICC Test Cricketer of the Year - Mitchell Johnson (Aus)

3. ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year - AB de Villiers (SA)

4. ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year - Sarah Taylor (Eng)

5. ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year - Gary Ballance (Eng)

6. ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year - Preston Mommsen (Scot)

7. ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year - Aaron Finch (Aus) -156 (63b, 11x4, 14x6) v England, 29 August 2013

8. ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year - Meg Lanning (Aus)

9. David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year - Richard Kettleborough

10. ICC Spirit of Cricket Award - Katherine Brunt (Eng)

11. LG People's Choice Award 2014 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar