Friday, 2 March 2012

1. Legendary Manchester United midfielder who has announced his retirement from football recently?
Paul Scholes.
The 36 year old midfielder retires after winning 10 Premier League titles, 3 FA cups and 2 Champions League trophies in a 17 year career spent entirely at Manchester United. He will remain at the club in a coaching capacity. Scholes’ debut came in 1994 against Port Vale in a League Cup tie, where he scored both goals in a 2-1 win for United.

2. Who won the Man of the Match award in the second test between Sri Lanka and England held in Lords, England from June 03- 07, 2011?
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka). He scored 193 runs.
Result: England drew with Sri Lanka

3. Who won the Man of the Match award in the third test between Sri Lanka and England held in Southampton, England from June 16- 20, 2011?
Chris Tremlett (England). He took 6 wickets in first innings and 1 wicket in second innings.
Result: England drew with Sri Lanka.
Series Result: England wins the 3 Test series 1-0.

4. Which players shared the Player of the Series award in the three test cricket series between Sri Lanka and England held in England in 2011?
Chris Tremlett (England) and Prasanna Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

5. Who won the Player of the match in the only T20 International Cricket match between Sri Lanka and England (D) held on June 25, 2011?
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka). He scored 72 runs from 57 balls.
Result: Sri Lanka beat England by 9 wickets

6. Who won the Player of the Match award in the first ODI Cricket match between Sri Lanka and England held in Kennington Oval, England on June 28, 2011?
James Anderson. (England). He took 4 wickets.
Result: England beat Sri Lanka by 110 runs (D/L method).

7. Which company has bagged the ‘Best Paper Award' at the STEP Auto International Conference on Software Testing held in Bangalore recently?

8. Who has been re-elected as president of Fifa?
Sepp Blatter.
Blatter will serve for another four years until 2015. He is a Swiss football administrator, who serves as the 8th President of FIFA.

9. Mohun Bagan on June1, 2011 signed prolific Nigerian striker for a record rupees two crore one-year contract, the highest ever deal in Indian football history. Name of that striker?
Odafe Onyeka Okolie.
Odafe, was also the highest paid footballer in the I-League with rupees one crore plus a year salary with Churchill Brothers.

10. Senior Congress leader who has been elected as Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly?
G. Karthikeyan.

11. Who becomes the first Chinese player to reach the French Open final?
Li Na.

12. Gujarat Maritime Board has denied permission to a ship reportedly containing toxic contents to dock at Alang, world’s biggest ship breaking yard. Name of that ship?
Probo Koala.
Built in 1989 the 31,255 tonne oil carrier cargo is now named Gulf Jash. The ship was banned from entering Bangladesh for ship breaking for environmental safety reasons. The tanker is believed to contain hazardous asbestos, PCBs, toxic paints, and chemical residues. In 2006, Probo Koala caused the death of 16 people in Ivory Coast when it dumped toxic chemicals along the country’s coastline.

13. Which Indian film has won three awards at the 10th Imagine India International Film Festival, which was held in Madrid, Spain?
Veettilekkulla Vazhi. (Malayalam Film)
The film has bagged top awards like Best Film (BC Joshi), Best Director (Dr. Biju) and Best Music Director (Ramesh Narayan). The film is about terrorist organizations operating in India and how they recruit young Keralites. It stars Prithviraj, Indrajith and Master Govardhan in the lead roles.

14. The political stalwart and two time Haryana Chief Minister who passed away on June 3, 2011?
Bhajan Lal.
He was the chief minister of the Haryana state twice, his first term from June 28, 1979 to July 5, 1985, and his second term from July 23, 1991 to May 11, 1996. He had also served as a union cabinet minister at the centre, holding the Agriculture and Environments & Forest portfolios during Rajiv Gandhi's administration.

15. Who won the French open women's doubles title -2011 beating India's Sania Mirza and Russia's Elena Vesnina (6-4 6-3) in the final?
Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

16. Who won the French open mixed doubles title -2011 beating Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia in the final?
Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Scott Lipsky (U.S.A).

17. Who has been named executive editor of The New York Times, becoming the first woman in the post in the paper's 160-year history?
Jill Abramson.

18. Fourteen year old Indian American who has won the prestigious 84th Scripps Spelling Bee championships in Maryland, U.S. on June 2, 2011?
Sukanya Roy

19. Israeli business tycoon whose shipping empire is at the centre of an investigation over trading with Iran, has died after a long illness recently?
Sammy Ofer.
He was black listed by US for selling an Oil Tanker to a blacklisted Iranian firm. Sami Ofer was the co-owner of the firm Ofer Brothers Group.

20. India signed 1 Billion dollar (approximately Rs 4,600 crore) agreement with a bank on June 14, 2011 for the cleaning and conservation of the Ganga under National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) initiative. Which is that bank?
World Bank.
The Government of India and the World Bank signed three agreements for cleaning Ganga River and to Strengthen Rural Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation in India.

21. One of al-Qaida's most active leaders, who has been killed in an American drone strike in the tribal territory of South Waziristan on June 3, 2011?
Ilyas Kashmiri.
He was a senior al-Qaeda member and leader of the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami(HUJI). He was also connected with the Soviet-Afghan war, the Kashmir conflict and attacks against India, Pakistan and the United States.

22. Who is the new chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard)?
Prakash Bakshi.
Bakshi, who joined Nabard in 1979, has held several key positions before elevating to the executive director (ED) about two and a half years ago.

23. Yoga guru who was arrested and physically removed from the Ramlila ground in a police operation that left many injured and the protest venue in shambles?
Baba Ramdev.

24. Man of the match winners of 5 ODI cricket matches played between India and West Indies held in West Indies in June-2011.
First ODI played between West Indies and India at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 6-06-2011.
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma. (India) He scored unbeaten 68runs.
Result: India beat West Indies by 4 wickets.
Second ODI played between West Indies and India at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 8-06-2011.
Player of the match: Virat Kohli. (India) He scored 81 runs.
Result: India beat West Indies by 7 wickets (D/L method).
Third ODI played between West Indies and India at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua on 11-06-2011.
Player of the match: Andre Russell. (West Indies) He scored unbeaten 92 runs from 64 balls and took one wicket.
Result: India beat West Indies by 3 wickets.
Fourth ODI played between West Indies and India at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua on 13-06-2011.
Player of the match: Anthony Martin. (West Indies) He took 4 wickets conceding 36 runs.
Result: West Indies beat India by 103 runs.
Fifth ODI played between West Indies and India at Sabina Park, Kingston – Jamaica on 16-06-2011.
Player of the match: Andre Russell. (West Indies) He took 4 wickets conceding 35 runs.
Result: West Indies beat India by 7 wickets.
Series Status: India wins the 5 ODI series 3-2

25. Who won the Player of the series award in the 5 ODI cricket series between West Indies and India held in West Indies in June, 2011?
Rohit Sharma. (India).

26. Who won French Open 2011 Men’s title defeating Roger Federer in the final?
Rafael Nadal.
He joined Bjorn Borg as the only men to have won six French Open titles and staked his claim to his 10th Grand Slam singles title.

27. Who was named South Africa’s ODI and Twenty20 skipper?
AB de Villiers.
Graeme Smith retained as Test Cricket captain of South Africa.

28. Who has been appointed as the new coach of South African cricket team?
Gary Kirsten.

29. Who won the 2011 presidential election of Peru?
Ollanta Humala.
He was elected as President of Peru in the second round, defeating Keiko Fujimori.

30. Kannada language film which is making its way to the Guiness World Record and the Limca Book Of Records by shooting a normal two and a half hour movie in just 12 hours?
Police Story 3.
The first copy of the film will be ready in just 10 days after the shooting. The Film starring actor Sudeep in the lead and directed by 6 directors Thriller Manju, Sadhu Kokila, Vasu, J G Krishna, Anand P Raju, Shankar.

31. Who became the first Indian footballer to be banned for doping after a NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) panel found him guilty of using a prohibited drug?
Nishant Mehra.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who plays for Mumbai FC in the I-League, tested positive for banned drug tetrahydrocannabinol, the active chemical in cannabis, after a test conducted in January this year in Pune.

32. Who won the Leon Masters rapid chess title -2011 at Leon defeating Spain's Alexei Shirov?
Viswanathan Anand.
He claimed the Leon Masters rapid chess title for the eighth time. Anand's previous triumphs came in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

33. Which countries shared the three-nation Kirin Cup football tournament title-2011 held in Japan?
Czech Republic, Japan and Peru.
The Kirin Cup is an annual association football tournament organised in Japan by the Kirin Brewery Company. The host, Japan, is a participant in every edition. The first nation to win the competition was Argentina. Japan is the tournament's most successful team with 11 titles, followed by Peru with 3 titles.

34. The woolliest sheep in New Zealand and possibly the world, who became world famous after it escaped its enclosure on a South Island farm and hid out in a cave for six years, died at the age of 16 recently?
His excess wool from his days on the lam weighed nearly 60 pounds.

35. Conservationists have recently opened a shelter in which country for a rare type of endangered soft-shell turtle?
The critically endangered Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle is one of the rarest freshwater turtles in the world.

36. India's latest warship and Fast Attack Craft (FAC) which was commissioned in Indian navy on 8 June 2011 in Kochi by vice admiral KN Sushil.?
INS Kabra.
INS Kabra, which is named after an island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, is eighth in a series of 10 Car Nicobar-class FACs. It is designed and built by the Kolkata-based Garden reach shipbuilders and engineers.

37. The legendary painter who was in exile from his homeland in India after threats to his life, died in London on 9 June 2011?
M.F. Hussain.
Although a Qatari national at the time of his death, he has been widely regarded as the "Picasso of India".

38. Name of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface -to-surface ballistic missile of India which is successfully test fired on June 9, 2011 from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur?

39. Pakistan-born businessman from Chicago, who was acquitted by a US court on charges of plotting the Mumbai attacks but was found guilty of supporting Pakistan-based terror group LeT and planning a strike in Denmark?
Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
He was accused for his hands in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by providing material support to David Headley and through his contacts with Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT).

40. Interior Minister of Somalia who has been killed in a suicide attack at his home in the capital, Mogadishu?
Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan.
On June 10, 2011, Farah died at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu from injuries sustained after a suicide bomber had evaded security and entered his home in Mogadishu. The bomber was his teenage niece Haboon Abdulkadir Hersi Qaaf, who had been recruited by the Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabaab.

41. Which country has been ranked at the top of the Committee to Protect Journalists' latest impunity index for the fourth time over unsolved journalist killings?
None of the 92 killings of journalists recorded in Iraq in the past decade solved. According to the CPJ's 2011 index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, the "scourge of impunity" has worsened in Iraq.
In the list, Somalia ranks 2nd and India on the 13th spot.

42. The al-Qaeda mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania who has been killed in Somalia?
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

43. Which Indo-Pak pair won the Gerry Weber Open Tennis title-2011 held in Germany?
Rohan Bopanna (India) and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan).
They claimed their second ATP World Tour team title at the Gerry Weber Open with a fighting 7-6(8), 3-6, 11-9 victory over Dutch Robin Haase and Canadian Milos Raonic.

44. Who won WTA Copenhagen Tennis title-2011?
Dane Caroline Wozniacki.
She won her second straight Sony Ericsson Open title, beating fourth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova 6-1 6-4 in the final.

45. Who won the 2011 AEGON Tennis Championship (Queen’s Cup trophy-2011)?
Andy Murray.
He won in the final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

46. One of the few remaining performers on the ancient Indian stringed instrument called the Rudra Veena, who passed away on 14 June, 2011?
Usthad Asad Ali Khan.
He was awarded the Indian civilian honor Padma Bhushan in 2008.
The Rudra Veena, or Been, is considered to be one of the oldest instruments of Indian tradition; it has its own origin myth, which states that the instrument sprang full-blown from the forehead of a meditating Lord Shiva.

47. The longest total lunar eclipse in 11 years occurred on?
June 15, 2011.
The celestial phenomenon was the longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century after a gap of 11 years. The last such eclipse exceeding such a long duration occurred on July 16, 2000 which lasted for 107 minutes. The next such eclipse will occur 130 years later – only in 2141, according to planetary scientists.

48. A 34-year-old ascetic, who died after fasting for two and a half months to save the river Ganga from pollution?
Swami Nigamananda.

49. Indian-origin academician who has been named head of MIT's(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the largest academic department at the prestigious American institute?
Anantha Chandrakasan.

50. Which pair won the ATP Aegon Tennis Men’s Doubles title 2011 (Queen's Club title) defeating Indian stars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in final?
Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.

51. Who has been nominated Vice-Chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board?
K. M. Chandrasekhar.

52. Which state emerged as winners in the National Senior Athletic Meet-2011 held at Bangalore?

53. Who has been named new chief of Al-Qaeda following the killing of Osama bin Laden?
Ayman al-Zawahiri.

54. Indonesian Muslim cleric who is sentenced to 15 years in prison on terrorism charges, five years after his acquittal for links to bombings that killed 202 people in the Bali tourist resort?
Abu Bakar Bashir.

55. Which countries have signed a framework agreement on cooperation in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency on June 17, 2011?
China and Russia.
The two countries will strive to boost two-way trade to $100 billion by 2015 and to $200 billion by 2020.

56. Cricket Player of Pakistan who was fined 4.5 million rupees ($52,300) for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board's code of conduct?
Shahid Afridi.

57. One of the best-known players in German football for the past decade and former Chelsea midfielder who announced his retirement from international football recently?
Michael Ballack.

58. Celebrity New York chef of Indian origin who walked away with $100,000 in prize money after winning the popular ‘Top Chef Masters’ contest June 16, on Bravo TV?
Floyd Cardoz
The dish that brought him sweet success was the quintessential Indian savory: Upma.

59. An Indian-American who has edged past a candidate of Pakistani origin to win a city council seat in Sugar Land, Texas, U.S.A?
Harish Jajoo.
He edged past Pakistani-American attorney and investment manager Farha Ahmed on June 11, in the runoff election for the city council seat in District 4 in Sugar Land.

60. Which countries signed New Bilateral Local Currency Settlement Agreement on June 23, 2011?
China and Russia.
With the signing of the Agreement, Chinese and Russian bilateral local currency settlement will cover not only border trade but also general trade, with expanded geographic area.

61. The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final will be held at?
Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The UEFA Champions League is a cup competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations.

62. Former chief of staff of Guatemalan armed forces from 1982-1983, who is accused of directing military attacks against citizens, namely indigenous Mayans, arrested at his home on June 17, 2011?
Gen. Hector Mario Lopez Fuentes.
He has been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in massacres in indigenous communities nearly three decades ago.

63. A convicted murderer who was the oldest prison inmate in India was released from the Gorakhpur jail at the age of 108. Name of that murderer who was released on humanitarian grounds?
Brij Bihari Pandey.
Brij Bihari Pandey, a Hindu priest, was serving a life sentence at the prison in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for the murder of four people when he was 84 years old.

64. Who has been appointed as the new coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, German association football club?
Robin Dutt.

65. Former Pakistan off-spinner who has been hired by Centre of Excellence (COE) Cricket Academy to coach the Australian team's spinners?
Saqlain Mushtaq.

66. Somalia's prime minister who has resigned, following an agreement between the president and parliament to remove him from office?
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo
His removal was part of a UN-backed deal that extends the mandates of the president, the speaker and deputies to August 2012. Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991.

67. According to the latest Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) data, which city stands first in terms of cases of drug abuse among South Indian cities?
Hyderabad, 2nd spot.
Chennai, 3rd spot.

68. National Investigation Agency (NIA) on June 20, 2011 charged a Hindu saint and four others with triggering explosions in the cross-border Samjhauta Express in 2007 that left 68 people dead. Name of that saint?
Swami Aseemanand.

69. The new name of Hero Honda Motors, the world’s largest two-wheeler maker company?
Hero MotoCorp.
Hero Honda Motors was granted approval by the registrar of companies (RoC) to officially change its name to Hero MotoCorp. Honda sold its stake in the company to the Hero group and agreed to continue technical support for another 5 years.

70. Who has been named as the new captain of New Zealand as successor to Daniel Vettori, who stood down following the 2011 World Cup?
Ross Taylor.
Batsman Ross Taylor has been named as the captain of the black caps (New Zealand) of all three formats (T20, ODI, Test) of international cricket.

71. Former president of Tunisia, who was convicted in absentia of smuggling drugs, guns and archaeological artifacts; sentenced to more than 15 years in prison; and fined $72,000?
Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

72. Who has been re-elected to serve a second five-year term as U.N. Secretary General?
Ban Ki-moon.
He is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, after succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before going on to be Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. On 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and therefore will continue to serve until 31 December 2016.

73. Who is appointed as secretary of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi?
R. Gopalakrishnan.

74. Man of the match winners of 2 Test cricket matches played between India and West Indies held in West Indies in June-2011.
First test played between West Indies and India at Sabina Park, Kingston – Jamaica from 20-06-2011.
Player of the match: Rahul Dravid. (India) He scored 40 runs in first innings and 112 runs in second innings.
Result: India beat West Indies by 63 runs.
Second test played between West Indies and India at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados from 28-06-2011.
Player of the match: Ishant Sharma. (India) He took 6 wickets in first innings and 4 wickets in second innings.
Result: West Indies drew with India.

75. Brazilian club which won the Copa Libertadores for the first time since the Pele era, beating Uruguay's Penarol 2-1 in the second leg of the final?
The 2011 Copa Libertadores de America was the 52nd edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's premier international club tournament. It was held from January 25 to June 22 of the same year.

76. Senior IAS officer who is appointed Union Home Secretary of India?
Raj Kumar Singh.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Singh, a 1975 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, as Home Secretary for a period of two years.

77. Former Rwanda women's minister who has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in the country's 1994 genocide?
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko.

78. New Zealand all-rounder who has announced his retirement from international cricket after serving the Black Caps for more than a decade?
Scott Styris.
He is the sixth-highest run-getter in ODIs for Black Caps, scoring 4483 runs from 188 matches.

79. Painting of which Spanish painter sold for over $29 million USD at a Christie's auction in London on 21 June, 2011?
Pablo Picasso.
"Seated Woman, Blue Robe” was created in 1939 and depicts the artist's girlfriend Dora Maar.

80. Former Trade Minister of Egypt who has been sentenced to five years in prison in absentia for embezzling public funds?
Rachid Mohamed Rachid.

81. Former Finance minister of Egypt who has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for squandering public funds and abuse of power?
Youssef Boutros-Ghali
He is also expected to pay a fine of approximately $11 million. Youssef Boutros-Ghali, the nephew of former UN Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali, was a finance minister and a close confidant of Gamal Mubarak, son to the ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

82. Which city became the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage?
New York

83. Which country hosted the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup which is held from 26 June to 17 July 2011?

84. The Sri Lanka opener who has been suspended from all cricket for three months after testing positive for a banned substance during the World Cup?
Upul Tharanga.

85. Who has been appointed as the first Chief Operating Officer of Unilever, the world’s second-largest consumer-goods company, as part of a global reorganisation in the business structure of the company to drive future growth?
Harish Manwani.
Indian born Harish is the brain behind the company's successful challenge to Colgate's dominance in personal care segment in India in the 90s.

86. Which state lifted the D.V. Subba Rao Trophy for the ACA quadrangular under-22 Cricket tournament that concluded at Andra Pradesh?

87. Which country won the CONCACAF Gold Cup football title with a 4-2 win over the United States in the final?

88. Which country won the European Under-21 Football Championship-2011 defeating Switzerland (2-0)?

89. Who won the European Grand Prix (Valencia, Spain) in Formula 1 2011 season?
Sebastian Vettel.

90. Ambassador to France who has been appointed Foreign Secretary of India?
Ranjan Mathai.
He will assume charge on August 1, 2011 with a two year term.

91. The International Criminal Court of Justice in the Hague issues arrest warrants against Libyan leader for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since 15 February.
Name of that leader?
Muammar Gaddafi.
ICL issued arrest warrants against Muammar Gaddafi, his son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi and his intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Sanoussi.

92. Who was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Kerala Assembly, defeating CPI (M) candidate ES Bijimol?
N. Sakthan.

93. Afghanistan's central bank governor who has resigned and fled to the United States, saying his life is in danger over a corruption probe targeting influential figures connected to the government?
Abdul Qadir Fitrat.

94. Foreign secretary of India who has been appointed as the next ambassador to the United States?
Nirupama Rao.

Michael Jack Nobbs.

96. Leading Indian 400 metres pair who have been provisionally suspended by Athletics Federation of India for testing positive for banned substances?
Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu.
Mandeep, who had won gold in Commonwealth and Asian Games 4x400m relay and Juana, who finished fourth in the Asian Games, were suspended immediately after the reports of the ‘B’ samples were known.

97. Which state of India will host the largest solar energy park in Asia in two years, with a power production capacity of 500 mw?
The park would be set up with an investment of around Rs 8,000 crore flowing from companies such as GMR and Lanco, which have been assigned generation capacities under the Gujarat Solar Mission.

98. Parliament of which country has passed an austerity package on June 29, 2011 by a slim majority to slash 40 billion dollars off the national debt?

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