Dec 31, 2015


How can you connect the name of this movie to the Pope Saint Sylvester I (image shown)?

The movie stars Zac Efron, Ashton Kuthcer, and Robert De Niro etc. (poster shown)

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Dec 30, 2015


Well-known sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s ___ ______ sculpture on 29 December 2015 made headlines. Pattnaik claimed that he had created a 45 feet high sand _____ _____ at Puri beach on 24 December 2015, which was recognised as the largest sand sculpture of this figure by the Limca Book of World Records.

What was this sculpture depicting?

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Dec 29, 2015


Gujarat on 28 December 2015 clinched the 14th Season of the _____ ______ Cricket Trophy. It is the first time that Gujarat won this trophy. In the final of the limited overs tournament, Gujarat defeated Delhi by 139 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Identify this Trophy which is also known as the ‘Ranji One Day Trophy’. It is named after an Indian cricket player from Maharashtra who captained the Indian cricket team in 14 matches between 1951 and 1953.

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Dec 28, 2015


A thousand top politicians from this country received a not-so-subtle Christmas gift on 28 December 2015. The shown 400 page book of their President's most 'prophetic' quotes was sent to all of them. The order was to read this book, entitled 'Words That Are Changing The World' in English, and display it in their offices at all times.

Which famous politician's quotes have been captured in this book?

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Dec 27, 2015


What is this type of fringe haircut popularly known as?

It is named after a veteran Indian actress who passed away on 25 December 2015.

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Dec 26, 2015


Pandorum Technologies in the third week of December 2015 developed India’s first artificial _____ _____ with the help of 3-D printing technology. The development is a major step forward in the on-demand manufacturing of 3D printed human organs. The artificial ____ _____ can grow and survive up to eight weeks. Such 3D printing has the potential to save lives of patients. Also, it has less side-effect and can be made at lower costs.

Which organ is being talked about?

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Dec 25, 2015


India’s first indigenously designed warship Indian Navy Service (INS) ______ was decommissioned on 23 December 2015 . It was the lead ship of her class of three guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy. The other two warships are INS Ganga and INS Gomati. She was also among of the first frigates in the world capable of carrying two Sea King helicopters.

Fill in the blank!

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Dec 24, 2015


India on 22 December 2015 celebrated ‘National Mathematics Day’. On this occasion, India and UNESCO agreed to work jointly in spreading the joy of mathematics and knowledge to students and learners across the world. To this end, Conferences on the ‘Zero’ at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore were held in recognition of Aryabhata’s role in the invention of zero.

Why was this particular date chosen as the National Mathematics Day?

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Dec 23, 2015


Search engine giant Yahoo on 21 December 2015 named ___ as the Personality of the Year 2015. ___ managed to top the list over other high-profile contenders for the spot in Yahoo’s list of 2015 Year in Review (YIR) for India.

As per Yahoo India, it all started after the announcement of a certain type of ban in Maharashtra, which led to massive debates and arguments. The controversy was fuelled further by Dadri lynching and Award Wapsi campaign, and the ___ soon became the icon of discussions on intolerance.

Fill in the blank with a 3-lettered holy answer!

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Dec 22, 2015


China on 17 December 2015 launched the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite. Its purpose is to search for smoking-gun signals of dark matter.

The satellite was nicknamed ____ after the Monkey King with penetrating eyes in the Chinese classical fiction Journey to the West.

Fill in the blank with the name of this mythological figure.

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Dec 21, 2015


Which New Zealand cricketer, on 21 December 2015 became the first Kiwi cricketer to top the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Test rankings?

He moved above Joe Root (886 points) and AB de Villiers (881) to sit on 889 points. Besides, in 2015 he had the highest runs (1172) by a New Zealander in a calendar year.

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Dec 20, 2015


Many images like the one shown went viral after the controversy that took place at the Miss Universe Pageant 2015 on 20th December. During the final segment of the telecast, Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe and Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach as the first runner-up. However, the actual result was the other way round.

The question is, identify the person in the meme and why was his particular ‘angry’ face chosen?

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Dec 19, 2015


Identify this British novelist who passed away on 16 December 2015. The octogenarian had the distinction of being the first author to receive the prestigious Carnegie medal twice.

His first novel for children ‘The Weathermonger’ was published in 1968 and was followed by ‘Heartsease’ (1969) and ‘The Devil’s Children’ (1970).

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Dec 18, 2015


The image shows the cover of the book ‘The ____ Brothers and Indian Independence – An Insider’s Account’ by ‘Madhuri ___’, the grand-niece of a famous Indian Nationalist. Madhuri presented a copy of her book to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 December 2015. It chronicles the role of these Brothers in the Indian freedom struggle.

Fill in the blank!

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Dec 17, 2015


The image shows the collaboration of which two entities that was announced on 16 December 2015?

One is an Indian mobile-commerce shopping website launched in 2010 and the other is the biggest e-commerce portal in India (a subsidiary of the ‘Lifeline to the Nation’).

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Dec 16, 2015


Union Government on 14 December 2015 requested the states to start the second part of an Operation from 1 January 2016. The Campaign aims to rescue and rehabilitate the missing children, just like its successful predecessor. Similarly, another dedicated campaign titled Operation _____ was launched in the month of July 2015 throughout the country. 19742 children were rescued and rehabilitated under this Operation.

What are the 2 similar names of these two noble campaigns?

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Dec 15, 2015


Identify this renowned Israeli-US violinist, who, on 14 December 2015, was announced as the 2016 Genesis Prize (Jewish Nobel) Laureate.

His one of the notable performances was at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II. He has been honoured with 16 Grammy Awards and 4 Emmy Awards. In 2015, he also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

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Dec 14, 2015


On 14 December 2015, mascot ‘Tikhor’, a one horned rhino, was unveiled. He is the mascot of which sports tournament, the logo of which has eight petals representing the eight countries participating in the mega event?

The Games were jointly held in Guwahati and Shillong from 6 February to 16 February 2016.

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Dec 13, 2015


Global software giant, Wipro, on 11 December 2015 won the 2015 Aegis ______ ____ Award for developing a solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Aegis School of Business established this Award as a tribute to a Scottish inventor. The award is intended to promote innovation, entrepreneurship in the field of Telecom, Internet, Media & Edutainment (TIME) and to provide recognition for outstanding contributions in these fields in India.

Fill in the blanks!

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Dec 12, 2015


The image shows the first ever vaccine against a particular disease. The Mexican authorities on 9 December 2015 approved the use of this vaccine, which will be publicly available for the first time. French manufacturer, Sanofi, has requested regulatory approval of this vaccine in 20 countries across Asia and Latin America, but Mexico was the first to green flag it.

Against which mosquito-borne disease does this vaccine act?

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Dec 11, 2015


The image shows the cover of an autobiography by a famous Indian personality. The book titled ‘Life on My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power’ was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 December 2015, which was also the 75th birthday of the author.

Identify this four time Chief Minister who, in this book, details about his experiences of political and social issues spanning 50 years.

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Dec 10, 2015


On 10 December 2015, which politician was added to the list consisting the likes of The American Soldier (2003), You (2006), The Protestor (2011), Ebola Fighter (2014) among others? Also, name what is this a specific list of?

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named runner-up and third place went to US Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Other top contenders were Vladimir Putin, Travis Kalanick, and Caitlyn Jenner.

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Dec 9, 2015


The image shows the theme for the International Anti-__________ Day which was observed across the world on 9 December 2015. On this occasion, all the Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world joined forces to fight this crime. Also, the hashtag #breakthechain was trending on social media.

Fill in the blank!

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Dec 8, 2015


On 8 December 2015, a handful of aging U.S. military veterans marked the 74th anniversary of an infamous event. They wore Hawaiian leis around their necks and watched as a bugler played ‘Taps’, when they gathered at Kilo Pier, near the USS Arizona Memorial.

They were the survivors of which attack?

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Dec 7, 2015


On 7th December 2015, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced their second baby’s name via Twitter. They named their first kid North’s sibling as ‘Saint’.

The official account of which sports club later congratulated the couple for selecting this name?

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Dec 6, 2015


On 4 December 2015, the Civil Aviation Administration of China got the approval for the production of ‘RX1E’, a unique aircraft. It was developed by Shenyang Aerospace University and it will be China’s first manned _____ ______ aircraft. This two-seater plane is capable of flying a maximum altitude of 3000 meters.

What is peculiar about this aircraft?

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Dec 5, 2015


The 44th Navy Day was observed on 4 December 2015. The occasion saw screening of a Navy Telefilm titled ‘Empowering India Through Maritime Security and Indigenisation’ on DD National. The Navy day is celebrated every year to commemorate the success of an operation, during which the Indian Navy sank three vessels near the largest Pakistani port of Karachi in a night’s attack.

Which famous operation is this?

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Dec 4, 2015


This is the logo of which 5-day Festival that began on 4 December 2015 at IIT-Delhi?

This event set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of students (more than 2000) conducting an experiment at the same venue!

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Dec 3, 2015


On 3 December 2015 Tirath Singh Thakur became the 43rd person to attain this prestigious post. He was sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Thakur, who retires on 4th January 2017, succeeded H L Dattu who retired on 2 December 2015.

Which designation are we talking about?

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Dec 2, 2015


‘The Golden Peacock’ Award for the Best Film at the 2015 edition of this Film Festival was bagged by the Colombian movie ‘Embrace of the Serpent’. The Festival ended on 30 November 2015 in Goa.

Name this prestigious Film Festival, whose Logo is shown below.

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Dec 1, 2015


Which football player’s five-goal haul for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg was officially recognised on 30 November 2015 by Guinness World Record?

The player was presented with four separate official Guinness World Records certificates for this feat.

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