Nov 30, 2015


‘The Irony of Fate’ is a movie directed by which legendary Russian film-maker who unfortunately passed away on 30th November 2015?

The movie is said to have changed the experience of the ‘New Year’s eve’ forever since it is based during that time period. It was aptly broadcasted on January 1, 1976, and it airs every New Year’s Eve on Russian channels.

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Nov 29, 2015


This is the 2006-2007 squad of Stocksbridge Park Steels Football Club who play at level eight of the English football league system. Their home ground is the ‘Bracken Moor’. This was the first club of a certain player who had an incredible run in 2015 and his ‘rags-to-riches’ story made rounds in the media. The club thus announced in late November 2015 that they’ll be re-naming the main stand of their home ground after this brilliant player.

Which player are we talking about?

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Nov 28, 2015


What remarkable decision was taken by the The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 25th November 2015 with respect to The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015?

This positive decision revolves around New Zealand’s Kathleen Cross, Australia’s Claire Polosak, England’s Sue Redfern and West Indies’ Jacqueline Williams.

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Nov 27, 2015


What was conceptualized by Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland?

He championed this concept for more than seven years and finally his dream crystallized into reality on 27th November 2015. It’s the first instance in the 138 year history of the sport. Also, something that we usually find in red was in pink for this game.

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Nov 26, 2015


Chinese scientists in third week of November 2015 unveiled their plan to develop which factory that would be the world’s largest of its kind?

It will be created to save critically endangered species from extinction and also would help China to keep up with the demand of the meat. The company behind the 200 million Yuan project is BoyaLife. It has partnered with South Korea’s Sooam Biotech owned by Hwang Woo-suk, whose team was the first in the world to perform this activity on an Afghan hound named Snuppy.

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Nov 25, 2015


Which former Indian athlete from Kerala was on 24th November 2015 appointed as the chairperson of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)?

Her appointment was approved by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. She is presently a member of the TOPS' identification committee, which also includes national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid.

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Nov 24, 2015


‘OIR’, the US military operation name for the intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was in the news in the fourth week of November 2015.

What does ‘OIR’ mean?

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Nov 23, 2015


The Dayton Peace Accord brought which devastating War that lasted for about four years and claimed over 100000 lives, to an end on 21st November 1995?

The Accord was in news on 21st November 2015 as the world commemorated its 20th Anniversary. The process of signing of accord was led by Richard Holbrooke, the then chief US peace negotiator and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

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Nov 22, 2015


World number one Novak Djokovic on 22nd November 2015 won ‘this’ against the third seed Roger Federer, in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4. He also became the first player to win ‘this’ for the fourth consecutive time. He surpassed Ivan Lendl’s 1987 feat, when he won ‘this’ for the third straight time.

What did the Djoker win?

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Nov 21, 2015


Which former ‘All Black’ died of a heart attack at the age of 40 on 18th November 2015?

An emotional rendition of the ‘Haka’ was performed by his teammates at his funeral. The service was held at the Eden Park National Stadium in Auckland and the traditional ‘Maori’ dance was also performed as his casket was carried out.

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Nov 20, 2015


Which ‘integrated electronics’ company on 18th November 2015 launched ‘Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur’ initiative from Nadimpalle village in Telangana?

The objective of the programme is to augment digitalization of rural India. It will be implemented in 10 states across the country and complements the Digital India initiative of the Union Government.

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Nov 19, 2015


The previous four appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee were Altamas Kabir (2012), P. Sathasivam (2013), Rajendra Lodha (2014) and H. L. Dattu (2014). The latest appointment on 18th November 2015 was of a certain Tirath Singh Thakur who will become the 43rd person to hold this position. His tenure is till 3rd January 2017.

Which designation are we talking about?

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Nov 18, 2015


LiDAR means ‘Light Detection and Ranging technology’ Ford Motor Company on 15th November 2015 announced that they are developing ‘something’ using LiDAR. With this, Ford joined Californian tech giants Google, Apple and Tesla who are the pioneering leaders in developing this ‘something’. Lidar, blend of Light and Radar, is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analysing the reflected light. The technology is popularly used in Agriculture, remote sensing, meteorology, surveying, military, mining, transport, etc.

What is Ford coming up with?

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Nov 17, 2015


Which veteran actor passed away on 15th November 2015 at the age of 86?

He appeared in numerous Indian and British movies, including Gandhi, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, A Passage to India, Chashme Buddoor, My Beautiful Laundrette and many more. He also starred in critically acclaimed movie Shatranj ke Khiladi directed by Satyajit Ray. He was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.

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Nov 16, 2015


This Grand Prix was first held in 1972 at Interlagos, although it was not part of the Formula One World Championship. In 1978 it moved to Jacarepagua. In 1990 the Grand Prix returned to a shortened Interlagos, where it has stayed since. First image shows Jacarepagua whereas the second image depicts the original Interlagos.

Which GP are we talking about? Nico Rosberg on 15th November 2015 won this race.

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Nov 15, 2015


A well-known author of children’s books, Kamala _______, passed away in Pune on 14th November 2015. The Chennai born author was 90 years old. She was the widow of a legendary cartoonist and ‘The Tenali Raman stories’ penned by her became a hit when they were telecasted on Doordarshan.

Identify her last name and also name her husband.

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Nov 14, 2015


World ________ Day was observed on 12th November 2015 across the globe with the theme Every Breath Counts: Stop ________ now. At present, it is the biggest infectious killer of children under 5 accounting for 16 percent of deaths. Its logo depicts the earth in the shape of the lungs since ______ is an infection affecting one or both lungs. It inflames the lungs' air sacs filling it with fluid or pus.

Identify this killer disease.

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Nov 13, 2015


A ‘Shamal’ which means ‘North’ in Arabic is a wind blowing over Iraq and the Persian Gulf states.

An operation by the French military takes its name from these winds. On 13 November 2015, ISIL Terrorists attacked six locations around Paris killing around 130 civilians and injuring another 200 people. ISIL claimed the attacks were a retaliation for the aforementioned French operation.

What is it called?

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Nov 12, 2015


Which Santoor maestro on 7th November 2015 was honoured with the Aditya Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement? The governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the 77-year old.

After starting his career as a vocalist, this Padma Shree and Padma Vibhushan emerged out as the master instrumentalist of the Santoor.

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Nov 11, 2015


Nigeria on 8th November 2015 won which reputed sports tournament? It was held across 8 cities in Chile and began on 17th October. Since 2007, Nigeria have won this biennial tournament 3 times. In 2009, Switzerland was the champion and in 2011 it was Mexico who won it.

Name this bi-annual championship which will be hosted by India in 2017.

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Nov 10, 2015


Cyclone ____ struck the eastern shores of the Yemini island of Socotra on 8th November 2015. It made landfall with the force of a Category 3 hurricane. At least one has been killed and several have been injured due to this calamity. This is the second storm after Cyclone ‘Chapala’ (Category 4) to strike the region within a week.

Identify the name of this cyclone, derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘Clouds’.

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Nov 9, 2015


‘What Happened to _______?’ authored by former journalist Anuj Dhar was released in late October 2015. The book provides three prominent theories of _____’s death and states that this ‘respected leader’ lived in disguise as a holy man (Gumnami Baba) in Faizabad and travelled to several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1950s to 1980s.

Fill in the blank.

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Nov 8, 2015


The BrahMos Aerospace Limited is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia. Indian Army on 7th November 2015 successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at Pokhran in Rajasthan.

The BrahMos missile is named after which two geographical entities from both the countries?

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Nov 7, 2015


The Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People 2015 was released on 4th November 2015. In the top 10, there are 6 world leaders along with Pope Francis (4), Bill Gates (6), Janet Yellen (7), Larry Page (10).

Can you guess all the remaining six?

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Nov 6, 2015


In November 2015, a new species of the _____ ant, was discovered by a group of citizen scientists in the Western Ghats region of Kerala. The ants’ first photographic record was obtained by Manoj Vembayam, Kalesh Sadasivan and Vinay Krishnan, members of the TNHS Ant Research Group. The species are known as ______ ants because they feed on their own larvae. At times of scarcity, the species punctures the body of their larvae to drink the hemolymph.

Name the species; something you can also connect with a Bram Stoker novel or a Sir Christopher Lee character.

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Nov 5, 2015


Colin Welland (pictured) passed away on 2nd November 2015 at the age of 81 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Welland won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1982 for which film that narrated the story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics?

Also, in his award acceptance speech, he included the phrase: “The British are coming!” This is a quote attributed to which American patriot who was also glorified in an 1860 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

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Nov 4, 2015


Shown is the former England Cricketer Tom Graveney who passed away at the age of 88 on 3rd November 2015. He played 79 Tests for England and after retiring, he became a BBC commentator. He also served as the 200th president of an organization. He was the first former professional cricketer to be appointed to this post.

Which body are we talking about?

[The tie might give you a clue!]

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Nov 3, 2015


‘Punjabi’ in the first week of November 2015 became the third most common language spoken in which country’s parliament?

The reason being, 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates were elected to this parliament in October 2015. Out of them, 18 are Liberals and 2 are Conservatives. Among the newly-elected Punjabi-speaking MPs, 14 are men and 6 are women.

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Nov 2, 2015


Shown is the ‘Webb Ellis Cup’ which New Zealand on 31st October 2015 won for a record third time becoming the first team to retain the prestigious trophy. The Cup is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of this sport. On one handle there is a head of a satyr, on the other there is the head of a nymph. The Cup is colloquially referred to as ‘Bill’.

Winners of which tournament receive this trophy?

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Nov 1, 2015


This is Paul Ryan. He is a member of the Republican Party and was their nominee for Vice President of the United States, running alongside former Governor Mitt Romney.

On October 29, 2015, Ryan was elected to replace John Boehner for which prestigious position?

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