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Q.1704

Anti-slavery commissioner in Britain reported in May 2015 that adults are using children to shoplift and pickpocket.
Kevin Hyland said
Youngsters are being roped into criminal activities and there were over 151 convictions regarding the same.
He has compared this scenario to a similar one in an Epic Charles Dickens novel.

The book describes the life of an orphan who is sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. Later he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin.

Which novel was he talking about?

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Q.1703

Yaduveer Krishnadatta becomes the 27th entrant on this very famous and royal list. There was a huge ceremony held on the 28th of May 2015. He is just 22 years old and is an adopted child but many believe he’ll dispatch his responsibilities perfectly. Many big names attended the event including former PM HD Deve Gowda. Last event of this nature took place 41 years back.

What was happening?

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Q.1702

This club won the final of a particular tournament on 27th May 2015 in Poland. Previously, they had won it in 2006, 2007 and 2014. Thus, they become the first football club to win this trophy for a record four times.

Identify this club, the oldest in Spain. Also, name the tournament.

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Q.1701

It has been revealed that someone found the TV drama ‘Transparent’ helpful before talking about a radical ‘transition’ of sorts.
Transparent has won the Golden Globe and stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender. It had a profound impact on the former Olympic Gold medal winner in question.

Who must have watched this show?

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Q.1700

‘Trigger Mortis’ by Anthony Horowitz will be the latest addition to this legendary series and is based on an idea by the original author for a TV program that was never made.

It will see the protagonist reunite with a character which is said to be based on Blanche Blackwell, a Jamaican of Anglo-Jewish descent who is thought to have been the love of the creator of the series.

The book is set in 1957 against the backdrop of the Space Race. Which series are we talking about?

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Q.1699

Post the 26th May 1999, UEFA Champions League Final.
Interviewer said
Alex Ferguson, into injury time you almost lost the cup but then you win it. The new European Champions, the Treble, the Dream come true for you..

What extremely iconic quote was uttered by Sir Alex Ferguson as a part of the reply to this question?

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Q.1698

It was initiated in 1954. Its earlier suggested name being ‘Grand Prix’
At the end of 1954, the Board of Directors invited several jewelers to submit designs for a ____, in tribute to the coat of arms of the City of Cannes.
The original design was by the jeweler Lucienne Lazon

In 1955, Delbert Mann became the first one and Jacques Audiard became the latest one on May 24 2015.

What are we talking about?

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Q.1697

Hello, Twitter! It’s _____. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account

This was tweeted by someone on 18th May 2015. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records for reaching a million followers in a span of 5 hours.
He beat the record previously held by Robert Downey Jr.

Identify this personality whose new twitter handle is his post unlike his earlier handle, his name.

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Q.1696

The researchers have lately discovered this place called Maria Elena South (MES). This region has overtaken the Yungay region to claim a certain top spot. MES is being compared to Mars due to the resemblance in their physical features.

What status did MES instantly achieve and appropriately in what geographical feature is it located in?

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Q.1695

Give one word for:
-An Indian investigative newspaper
-A Portuguese Music magazine
-Strategic bombing of UK by Nazi Germany
-A British punk rock band
-The mascot of Seattle Seahawks
-Bobby Ellsworth

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Q.1694

The President inaugurated the 50th anniversary of a monumental achievement by Indians at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

On 20th May 1965, Indian team led by Captain Mohan Singh Kohli of the Navy made history. The team comprised of 21 men but only nine men reached the ultimate pinnacle. Nawang Gombu, thus became first person to achieve this twice, firstly with an American contingent in 1963.

What is this feat which was completed for the very first time on 29th May 1953?

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Q.1693

A total of 35 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of this Business venture that governs multiple Auto-racing events. This list comprises of drivers, owners or broadcasters, promoters and crew chiefs. Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner were a part of 2015 batch.

This is the Hall of Fame of which body?

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Q.1692

Lionel Messi has come to greet fans in the New York in a rather unusual way. He will be present at the Sports Zone section of an extremely famous place. The main branch of this iconic venue is in London however it is rapidly spreading to other cities. Sports stars like Serene Williams and Muhammad Ali have also graced this place.

Identify this venue and the unique way this Barcelona player will be present there.

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Q.1691

Identify this braveheart who went to a better world on 18 May 2015 after battling with coma for 42 years.


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Q.1690

To name a few:

* Norway (May 17) - Norwegian Constitution.
* Myanmar (Feb 13) – Birthday of General Aung San
* Paraguay (Aug 16) – Battle of Acosta Nu
* Bangladesh (Mar 17)– Birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman

What is this a list of?

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Q.1689

Shown is the fish of Opah species. It was discovered on 15th May 2015. These fishes are found in deep waters off the US, Australia etc.
They are the world’s first species to have a certain peculiar feature. This exists because they have an internal system (similar to a car radiator) within their gills to conserve ___ and it flaps its fins to raise ____.

What is this uniqueness we’re talking about?


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Q.1688

Indian author Neel Mukherjee won the 2014 Encore Award for his novel. This is his second novel. The novel is set in Kolkata of the 1960s when the Naxalite violence was at its peak. Supratik Ghosh is the protagonist and the novel was shortlisted for 2014 Man Booker.

Identify the title of this novel which is the same as an epic 2006 movie based on monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi.

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Q.1687

A tribute to whom?


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Q.1686

In an interview Lennon confessed that the name of this song had been inspired from his son’s drawing.
His son once drew a girl and when John Lennon asked ‘Who is this?’ He replied ‘she is _________’ and thus the name stuck.

Lennon constantly denies any other sources or relations and emphasizes that song was also inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Identify this song which since May 2015 has been included in the syllabus of GCSE music for Pupils to study.

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Q.1685

Verizon Communications is an American broadband and telecommunications company. Verizon was founded as Bell Atlantic, which was one of the seven Baby Bells that were formed after AT&T Corporation.
On May 12 2015, Verizon announced plans to buy ___ for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4 billion.

Identify this American global mass media corporation.

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Q.1684

‘Women of Algiers’ is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by the Spanish cubist artist Pablo Picasso. The series was inspired by Eugene Delacroix's 1834 painting ‘The Women of Algiers in their Apartment’.

‘Version O’, the final painting in the series, was painted in 1955.

Earlier, in May 2015, it was in the news. Why?

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Q.1683

Identify the logo of this site known as ‘Twitter of China’.

Its name literally means ‘Microblog’ in Chinese. This was in news lately (May 2015) since PM Modi joined this social media platform just weeks before his trip to China and South Korea.


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Q.1682

La Gazzetta dello Sport (The Gazette of the Sport) is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. It was first published on 3 April 1896, allowing it to cover the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens.

It organizes a popular cycling race which got underway on May 9th.
Like the Tour de France has Yellow Jersey for the leader of the pack, this race also has a specific colour jersey it is famous for and there is a reason behind choosing this color.

What is the name of this race and which color jersey is worn by the leader?

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Q.1681

The scheme was conceived and launched by NPCI. It aims to create domestic and open loop system of payments in the country. Its earlier name was ‘IndiaPay’ but it was later changed to avoid conflicts.

Unlike other big players in the market this scheme will be easy on the pockets of the common man. It will have minimal service charge, faster transaction speed, No quarterly/entry fee and will be internationally accepted.

Name this system in adherence to which SBI launched its Platinum Debit card.

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Q.1680

He was a Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. In May 2015, archaeologists in Madagascar announced the partial discovery of his treasure. A silver ingot was found in a wreck.
Explorer Clifford says that
This is stuff of legends to find what people have been looking for 300 years!
Identify him who has been covered extensively in popular culture. Also, literary works like Peter Pan, Gold-bug, Treasure Island have mentions of his adventures.

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Q.1679

He was born in 1946 in Belfast and was registered as ‘Ronald Samuel’.

Although, we all know him by a different name, it was revealed on 5th May 2015 that on his birth certificate his name was earlier registered as Ronald. His family members think that this might have been a mistake at the registrar’s end.
He went on to become one of the best footballers of the world.

Identify this person nicknamed ‘El Beatle’.

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Q.1678

He is an Indian entrepreneur and frequently referred to as ‘The bad boy of Indian Startups’. He made it to the list of ’30 under 30’ young entrepreneurs. In a talk show he explained why he is in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Recently, he has resigned as the CEO of the company he founded in 2012.

Identify this person and his venture.

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Q.1677

This phrase was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister. The Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in a paper saying “__________________, Maggie. Congratulations.”

For many, May 4 is the Star Wars day and the aforementioned phrase means an easy pun on one of its famous catchphrases.
Star Wars Day became so popular that May 5 has also come to be called something which is in turn a play on one of the movie titles.

Identify both phrases!

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Q.1676

On 3 May 2015, Chelsea won the Premier League title with three games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace. It was their fourth Premier League title and their fifth English league title overall.

In the Premier League era only 5 clubs have won the title.

Name all.

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Q.1675

Prince William (who became a father once again on 2nd May 2015) is the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus.

When was he honored with these titles?

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Q.1674

In January 1960, demonstrators were fired upon by the police at Flora Fountain in the capital city of Mumbai.
To commemorate the martyrdom of the brave people who laid their lives in the turbulent birth of Maharashtra State, Flora Fountain was subsequently renamed _____________.
Also, an impressive stone statue bearing a pair of torch holding patriots was erected.

Fill in the blanks.

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