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Q1. Who has been appointed as the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC)
of India to replace Deepak Sandhu, whose term is ending on 31 December 2013
on 6 Dec 2013?
Ans. Ms. Sushma Singh, a former IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre
Note: Decision on appointing Ms Singh as the next CIC was taken unanimously
by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the
Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Kapil Sibal.
Q2. Which country was elected to UN Security Council as a Non-Permanent
Member on 6 December 2013 to replace Saudi Arabia?
Note: Saudi Arabia was elected in October 2013 to the Security Council as a non
permanent member but it has rejected its seat in protest at the UN council's
failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues.
Q3. Who was crowned with the pageant of Miss Earth 2013 at the Versailles
Palace, Philippines on 7 December 2013?
Ans. Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich
Note: The contest began in 2001 to promote the preservation of the environment.
Nicole Faria is the first Indian contestant to have won the title in 2010.
Q4. 9th WTO Ministerial Conference was concluded on 6 December 2013. Where
was the Conference held?
Ans. Bali, Indonesia.
Q5. Union Cabinet on 5 December 2013 approved the Telangana draft Bill.
Cabinet approved the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up
to look into bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh for carving out a new state of
Telangana. As per the bill how many districts will be there in Telangana?
Ans. 10 districts
Q6. Which country was chosen as the host country for Under-17 FIFA World
Cup in 2017 by the FIFA executive committee in its meeting at Salvador de Bahia
in Brazil on 5 December 2013?
Note: By virtue of being the host country, India will take part in the 24-nation
tournament for the first time in its history. This will be the biggest ever football
tournament in the country as this is the first FIFA event in the country's history.
Q7. Name the anti-apartheid revolutionary of South Africa who died on 5
November 2013 at the age of 95?
Ans. Nelson Mandela
Note: He was the first black South African to hold the office of President from
1994 to 1999, and the first elected in a fully representative multiracial election.
Mandela published his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and opened
negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish
multiracial elections in 1994.
Q8. Name the official 2014 FIFA World Cup match ball which was unveiled on 3
December 2013 by manufacturers Adidas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?
Q9. Who won the LG International Cricket Council (ICC) People’s Choice Award
for the year 2013 on 3 December 2013?
Ans. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Note: Dhoni also became the second Indian cricketer after SachinTendulkar to
get this award.
Q10. Name the Services for speedy delivery of parcels launched by Department
of Posts, Under Union Ministry of Communications & IT, on 2 December 2013
across the country?
Ans. Express Parcel service and Business Parcel Services
Q11. Name the US actor best known for his role playing Brian O'Conner in the
'Fast & Furious' film series , who died in a car accident in Southern California on
30 November 2013?
Ans. Paul Walker
Q12. Name the Indian shuttler who on 1 December 2013 won the Women's
Singles trophy at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament?
Ans. PV Sindhu
Note: In the title clash, Sindhu, defeated seventh seed Li Michelle of Canada in
straight games, 21-15, 21-12.
Q13. India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was successfully placed in Mars transfer
trajectory on ........ December 2013 by ISRO scientists?
Ans. 1 December 2013
Q14. Which film bagged Golden Peacock award for Best Film at the 44th
International Film Festival of India at Panaji, Goa on 30 November 2013?
Ans. East Timor film ‘Beatriz’s War’
Q15. Which state on 30 November 2013 introduced for the first time in the
country PVC Electoral Photo Identity Card (PVC EPIC) as mandated by the
Election Commission of India?
Q16. World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 2013 across the globe to
raise awareness about the HIV/ AIDS. What was the theme for the day in 2013?
Ans. Getting to Zero
Q17. Armed Forces Flag Day was observed across India on .......... December 2013
to remember the sacrifices made by gallant servicemen of India in defending the
integrity of our borders and to salute the martyrs, honour the brave and express
solidarity and support towards welfare of widows, children, disabled and sick
Ans. 7 December
Q18. Which state assembly on 4 December 2013 passed the Essential Services
Maintenance (ESMA) Bill 2013?
Note: According to the new bill, striking work will be a non-bailable offence and
police can arrest a striking employee without warrant. The Bill, popularly
known as ESMA, is to put an end to employees working in water, power, health,
transport and service sectors going on strikes, inconveniencing people.
Q19. Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation
Act 2013 came into force on 6 December 2013 across India except in which state?
Ans. Jammu and Kashmir
Note: Law prohibits the employment of manual scavengers, the manual cleaning
of sewers and septic tanks without protective equipment and the construction of
Q20. India was ranked ..........th out of 177 countries on Global Corruption
Perception Index 2013, which was released by Transparency International on 3
Note: Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, Denmark and New Zealand tied for
first place with scores of 91. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia this year
make up the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.
Q21. Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on 3 December 2013
dedicated which company's 1000 km Dabhol-Bangalore natural gas pipeline to
Ans. GAIL India Ltd
Q22. International Day of People with Disability was observed across the world
on 3 December 2013. This is the 21st anniversary of International Day of People
with Disability. What was the theme for the day 2013?
Ans. Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for
Q23. Name the surface to surface ballistic missile which was successfully test
fired by India on 3 December 2013 from Chandipur in the Balesore district of
Q24. President of India Pranab Mukharjee on 1 December 2013 inaugurated the
Nagaland's traditional .................Festival in Nagaland?
Ans. Hornbill Festival
Q25. India cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC ODI
rankings and ........ position in the Test cricket rankings released by ICC on 1
Q26. Who has recently resigned as Vice President of Sudan?
Ans. Ali Osman Taha
Q27. International Civil Aviation Day was observed on ............ December 2013 to
highlight the importance of civil aviation for social and economic development
around the world?
Ans. 7 December
Q28. Who was re-appointed as the OPCW Director General at the 18th Session of
the Conference of State Parties on 4 December 2013?
Ans. Ahmet Uzumcu
Q29. 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit (AGPS) was held from 3 to 4 December
Ans. New Delhi, India
Q30. International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was
observed across the world on 5 December 2013. What was the theme for the year
Q31. ............... scientists recently developed a novel new Malaria Vaccine which
can protect against the deadly mosquito-borne disease?
Q32. Which state government on 3 December 2013 approved a new surrender
and rehabilitation policy for Maoists in the state?
Q33. India's Current Account Deficit narrowed sharply to ........ billion dollars in
the July-September quarter of 2013-14 on the back of turnaround in exports and
decline in gold imports as announced in December 2013?
Q34. Name the Indian Golfer who on 1 December 2013 won the 2013 edition of
the Indonesia open at Jakarta?
Ans. Gaganjeet Bhullar
Q35. Which project has won the 2013 eASIA Award under Trade Facilitation
Ans. e-BRC project of Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Q36. Which country on 2 December 2013 successfully sent an unmanned lunar
probe with a robotic rover to soft land on the Moon, and to explore moon’s
Q37. International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed on .............
December 2013 across the world to create awareness about the prevention of
human trafficking and the exploitation of human being?
Ans. 2 December
Q38. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd on 27 November 2013 appointed
whom as the chairman of MCX’s board?
Ans. Satyananda Mishra
Q1. Who was crowned with the pageant of Miss Earth 2013 at the Versailles
Palace, Philippines on 7 December 2013?
Ans. Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich
Q2. Which Indian cricketer on 13 December 2013 bagged the Emerging Cricketer
of the Year trophy at the ICC Annual awards announced in Dubai?
Ans. Cheteshwar Pujara
Q3. Who won LG People's Choice Award at the ICC Annual awards announced
Ans. Mahendra Singh
Q4. Who won Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year 2013 at the
ICC Annual awards announced in Dubai recently?
Ans. Michael Clarke
Note: full list of winners is:
>> ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) — Michael Clarke
>> ICC Test Cricketer of the Year — Michael Clarke (Australia)
>> ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year — Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
>> ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year — Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
>> ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year — Cheteshwar Pujara (India)
>> ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year — Kevin O’Brien
>> ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year — Umar Gul
>> ICC T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year — Sarah Taylor (England)
>> ICC Spirit of Cricket Award — Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka)
>> ICC Umpire of the Year (winning the David Shepherd Trophy) — Richard
>> LG People’s Choice — MS Dhoni
Q5. Which national party on 8 December 2013 won the state assembly election in
Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh?
Ans. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Q6. Which party with winning over 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly
elections on 8 December 2013 met the eligibility criteria of Election Commssion to
become a State Party?
Ans. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Q7. Which company replaced Sahara India as the new Official Sponsor of Indian
cricket team on 9 December 2013?
Ans. Star India
Q8. Which party emerged as the winner in the Mizoram Assembly election by
winning 33 seats in the 40 member house?
Ans. Indian National Congress
Q9. Which country retained the World Kabaddi Cup for fourth consecutive time
defeating Pakistan, 48-39 in the final played at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium in
Q10. Which Indian actor won the best actor award for his brilliant performance
in his film The Lunchbox at the 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival
Ans. Irrfan Khan
Note: Ritesh Batra, the Writer-Director of the film The Lunchbox, got a special
mention for screenplay for the film in the same category. Dubai International
Film Festival was held from 6 December to 14 December 2013. The jury at the
DIFF was headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.
Q11. Who was appointed President and CEO of Wal-Mart India as announced by
the US retail giant Wal-Mart on 13 December 2013?
Ans. Krishna Iyer
Q12. Who was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 14
Ans. Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Note: Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Ram Naresh Yadav administered the oath
of office and secrecy to him in Jamboori Maidan of Bhopal. He has sworn in as
the Chief Minister for the third consecutive time. After Narendra Modi and
Raman Singh, he became the third person to become a state’s Chief Minister in
a row from BJP.
Q13. Who has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Mizoram for the second
successive term on 14 December 2013?
Ans. Lal Thanhawla
Note: Governor of Mizoram, Vakkom B. Purushothaman administered the
oath of office and secrecy to Lal Thanhawla and his Cabinet colleagues at Raj
Bhavan in Aizawl.
Q14. Who has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan on 13 December 2013?
Ans. Vasundhara Raje
Note: Vasundhara Raje was administered the oath of office and secrecy by
Governor Margaret Alva during a grand swearing-in ceremony inside the
Assembly building premises in Jaipur.
Q15. Who was designated as the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCoAS) on 12
Ans. Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag
Note: He will take over from Lieutenant General SK Singh as the Vice Chief of
Army Staff retires on 31 December 2013.
Q16. India on 12 December 2013 won the women's Kabaddi World Cup
championship for the third time in a row. Which country India defeated in the
Ans. New Zealand
Note: India defeated New Zealand 49-21 in the summit clash in Jalandhar,
Q17. Name the Olympic medal-winning boxer M C Kom’s autobiography
unveiled by the Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on 9 December 2013?
Q18. Who has sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third
consecutive term on 12 December 2013?
Ans. Raman Singh
Note: Raman Singh was administered the oath of office and secrecy by
Governor Shekhar Dutt during a grand swearing-in ceremony in Raipur-the
state capital of Chhattisgarh.
Q19. Name the former captain of Pakistan cricket team who was inducted into
the ICC Cricket’s Hall of Fame on 11 December 2013?
Ans. Waqar Younis
Q20. Who was named as the Person of the Year 2013 by Time Magazine recently?
Ans. Pope Francis
Note: He was named the Person of the Year for changing the perception of the
Catholic Church within nine months. As per Time magazine, Pope’s
dedication to humility and his fight against poverty placed him at the top
position of the year. Edward Snowden the person who leaked the secret
documents about NSA surveillance activities was selected at the second
position in the list.
Q21. Name the senior most judge of Supreme Court of India who retired on 11
Ans. Justice GS Singhvi
Q22. Supreme Court of India on 11 December 2013 upheld the constitutional
validity of which section of the Indian Penal Code making gay sex an offence
punishable with upto life imprisonment?
Ans. Section 377
Q23. On 10 December 2013 Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, owned by Mukesh
Ambani, signed a telecom infrastructure-sharing accord with which other Indian
Ans. Bharti Airtel
Q24. Which country became the first country in the world to legalise marijuana
(Drug) for recreational use with the state taking control of the trade on 10
Q25. Who won the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 for his
role in creating India's third-largest software exporter and also for the impressive
scale of his philanthropy?
Ans. Azim Premji, Wipro Chairman
Q26. Who was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India on 10
Ans. D Shivakumar
Note: The post was lying vacant since Manu Anand quit the US food and
beverage maker PepsiCo India in June 2013 to join foods company Cadbury
Q27. Human Rights Day was observed across the world on 10 December 2013 to
bring to light the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What is the theme for
the day in 2013?
Ans. 20 Years Working for Your Rights
Q28. Which state emerged as the champion state in the 29th Junior National
Athletics Championships which concluded on 7 December 2013?
Note: Championship was held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.
Q29. International Anti-Corruption Day is observed across the world on 9
December 2013 to raise awareness about the menace of Corruption and what
people can do to fight it. What was the theme for the day 2013?
Ans. Act against Corruption Today
Q30. Name the Chief Minister of Delhi who resigned from her post on 8
December 2013 after Congress party faced a defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls?
Ans. Sheila Dikshit
Q31. Which country retained its top position in the latest ICC ODI rankings
released on 12 December 2013?
Q32. Which state Legislative Assembly on 13 December 2013 passed the muchawaited Anti-Superstition Bill which seeks to curb black magic and other
inhuman practices arising out of superstition?
Q33. Name the Islamist leader of Bangladesh who was executed on 12 December
2013 for genocides done during the Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war with
Ans. Abdul Kader Mullah
Note: His execution was done at the Dhaka Central Jail.
Q34. Which foreign bank has been granted the license to start its banking
operations in India on 12 December 2013?
Ans. Doha Bank
Q35. International Olympics Committee (IOC) cleared the Indian athletes to
participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics on 11 December 2013. Where will the
Winter Olympics 2014 be held?
Ans. Sochi in Russia
Q36. South Africa on 11 December 2013 won the three one day match cricket
series 2-0 against India. Who was adjudged the Man of the Match?
Ans. Quinton de Kock
Q37. Name the retired Justice who took oath as the Lokayukta of Gujarat State on
11 December 2013?
Ans. Justice D.P. Buch
Q38. Name the last King of the erstwhile Mysore royal family who passed away
in Bangalore on 10 December 2013 due to heart attack?
Ans. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar
Q39. 27th edition of South East Asian Games are kicked off in Naypyitaw, the
new state capital of which country on 11 December 2013?
Q40. Name the former Foreign Secretary of India who on 9 December 2013 took
over as the India's High Commissioner to the UK?
Ans. Ranjan Mathai
Q41. Which Indian won the bronze at the IBSF World Snooker Championship
held at Daugvapils, Latvia?
Ans. Chitra Magimairajan
Q42. Name the first lunar rover of China, which was carried by an unmanned
remotely piloted spacecraft Chang'e-3 and was deployed successfully on moon
on 14 December 2013?
Ans. Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese)
Q43. First Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM) of Spacecraft of India's
maiden interplanetary mission to Mars was carried out successfully at 06:30 hrs
(IST) on 11 December 2013. What is the expected date that the spacecraft will
reach to the Martian orbit?
Ans. 24 September 2014
Q44. Antarctica hits coldest Temperature ever recorded on Earth of ...........
Q45. British-based Sahara Force India on 12 December 2013 signed ................ as
race driver for the team in 2014 and beyond?
Ans. Sergio Perez
Q46. Union Cabinet on 13 December 2013 approved the revision of the Code of
Conduct for Ministers in the Government of India as well as the State
Governments. The Code of Conduct will now include the proposed paragraph to
Section 2, which reads ..................?
Ans. Section 2-After taking office, and so long as he/he remains in office, the
Minister shall :- (f) Uphold the political impartiality of the civil services and
not ask the civil servants to act in any way, which would conflict with the
duties and responsibilities of the civil servants.”
Q47. Union Cabinet on 12 December 2013 approved the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities Bill, 2011. Bill is based on the recommendations of which Committee
appointed in 2010 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment?
Ans. Sudha Kaul Committee
Note: Bill is a comprehensive measure that covers a whole spectrum of
problems from physical disabilities to mental illness and multiple disabilities.
It will replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of
Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995.
Q48. Name the former footballer of India who died on on 14 December 2013 at a
hospital in Guwahati, Assam after a prolonged illness?
Ans. Babul Phukan
Q49. Scientists and experts of which country have successfully launched a
research rocket that took the second monkey of that country into the space on 14
Q50. At the 57th National Shooting Championship being held at ................ on 14
December 2013, Malaika Goel of Punjab and Prakash Nanjappa of Karnataka
won Gold in their respective categories?
Q1. Who has resigned as the minister of state for environment and forest from
the Council of Ministers (COM) on 21 December 2013?
Ans. Jayanthi Natarajan
Note: Jayanthi Natarajan expected to return to party work which is relating to
manifesto and other election matters of the Congress Party.
Q2. Who was appointed as the first woman managing director of the Life
Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) by the Government on 21 December 2013?
Ans. Usha Sangwan
Note: She is the first woman director of LIC in its near six decades of existence.
With this appointment, LIC is set to function at its full strength of four MDs
after almost two years. These would be S B Mainak, Sushobhan Sarkar,
Sangwan and V K Sharma.
Q3. Which bank on 19 December 2013 announced that it has received a license
from the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System to open a branch
in New York?
Ans. Canara Bank
Q4. Name the indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL)
successfully test-fired by India on 19 December 2013?
Q5. India’s deputy consul in New York, Devyani Khobragade was transferred to
India’s Permanent Mission in ............... in New York on 18 December 2013 to
boost her diplomatic immunity?
Ans. United Nations
Note: Devyani, the IFS officer was transferred from the post of the deputy
consul-general in New York after she was charged with criminal offences by US.
Q6. Which former captain of Indian Cricket Team was on 18 December 2013
selected for the BCCI’s prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement
award for the year 2013?
Ans. Kapil Dev
Note: Col. CK Nayudu or Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu was the first captain of
Indian Cricket Team in Test Matches, and he played the first class cricket for
India till 1958.
Q7. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its mid-quarter Monetary Policy Review,
announced on 18 December 2013, has kept the policy rate (repo rate) unchanged
Q8. South India’s first high altitude cricket stadium was inaugurated on 17
December 2013 at Krishnagiri in Waynad district of which state?
Note: The stadium was inaugurated by Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar.
Q9. Who was on 17 December 2013 elected as the German Chancellor for third
term by the German Parliament- Bundestag?
Ans. Angela Merkel
Note: Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc - the Christian Democratic
Union (CDU) had secured a stunning hat-trick win in the 22 September 2013
elections but failed to grab an outright majority, forcing them to enter into
coalition with the rival Social Democrats (SPD).
Q10. Name the West Indies offspinner who was suspended on 16 December 2013
by International Cricket Council (ICC), from bowling in international cricket
after his action was found illegal?
Ans. Shane Shillingford
Q11. Name the book launched by Mumbai University on 16 December 2013 to
mark a year since the brutal gangrape of a Delhi paramedic student?
Ans. Nirbhaya: Ek Atmachintan
Q12. Which day was observed on 16 December 2013 across the Nation to
celebrate the India’s military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war?
Ans. Vijay Diwas
Q13. Who has been appointed by Union Government on 13 December 2013 as the
Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
(NABARD) for a period of five years?
Ans. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
Note: Prior to this appointment, Bhanwala was an Executive Director at India
Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL), a state-owned infrastructure
lender. Bhanwala succeeds Prakash Bakshi, who retired as NABARD Chairman
in September 2013.
Q14. Name the nationwide programme organized by BJP on 15 December 2013,
to drum up support for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Statue of Unity
project on the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?
Ans. Run for Unity
Q15. Who won the Men's Delhi Half Marathon (21.097 km) by creating a new
race record on 15 December 2013?
Ans. Ethiopian runner Atsedu Tsegay
Q16. Which team on 15 December 2013 lifted the Men's Junior Hockey World
Cup for a record sixth time?
Note: In the title clash at New Delhi, defending champions Germany defeated
France, 5-2 to retain the title.
Q17. India defeated which country by 48-39 in the Kabaddi World Cup in the
final played at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab on 14 December
2013 retaining the title for fourth consecutive time?
Q18. Name the Union Labour Minister who passed away on 15 December 2013
after a prolonged illness in Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana?
Ans. Sis Ram Ola
Q19. Who was on 13 December 2013 appointed as the Chairman and Managing
Director of Andhra Bank?
Ans. CVR Rajendran
Q20. Which government was on 20 December 2013 felicitated by United Nations
for effectively handling the Cyclone Phalin in October 2013?
Q21. Environment Ministry issued a fresh order, following the in principle
acceptance of the .............. committee report on 20 December 2013 and withdrawn
16 November 2013 notification relating to protection of Western Ghats?
Q22. Election Commission recognized which party as a state party and reserved
symbol of broom in Delhi on 19 December 2013?
Ans. Aam Aadmi Party
Q23. Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 20 December 2013 resigned from the Vidisha
assembly seat and retained the Budhni seat. He is the Chief Minister of which
Ans. Madhya Pradesh
Note: He was elected from Budhni and Vidisha assembly segments in the
recently concluded state assembly elections.
Q24. Cheteshwar Pujara slipped to seventh position in the batting list of the test
matches that was released by ICC on 19 December 2013. Who topped the list?
Ans. A.B. de Villiers
Q25. Europe launched which satellite regarded as one of its most ambitious
space missions in the history on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport from
the Kourou in French Guiana on 19 December 2013?
Ans. Gaia satellite
Note: It will map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars
and is expected to give the first realistic picture of how the Milky Galaxy has
Q26. Name the person who took part in the Great Train Robbery in Britain in
1963 died at the Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, north London on 18
December 2013 due to multiple strokes?
Ans. Ronnie Biggs
Note: The Great Train Robbery was called the Crime of the Century. The gang, of
which Biggs was a part, escaped with 2.6 million pound (equivalent to 40
million pounds today) from the Glasgow to London mail train on 8 August 1963.
Q27. Which country won the boy’s and girl’s team titles in the Asia-Pacific junior
golf championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC)?
Note: It was India’s first ever victory in the Asia Pacific Junior Golf
Q28. Which day was observed on 18 December 2013 across the Nation to create
awareness on rights of minorities?
Ans. Minorities Rights Day
Note: The day is celebrated to protect rights of the minority communities as well
as bringing the better understanding among religious minorities in India.
Q29. Name the bill passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December 2013 which seeks to
establish an anti-corruption watchdog that will have in its purview even the
office of Prime Minister?
Ans. Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2013
Note: Earlier, the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2013 after
Q30. Name the head of Travancore royal family who ruled south Kerala before
Independence died on 16 December 2013 due to cardiac arrest?
Ans. Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma
Q31. The Inflation in India reached 7.52 percent, the highest in 14 months since
September 2012 during the month of November 2013?
Ans. 7.52 percent
Q32. Union Cabinet on 16 December 2013 approved which bill, aimed to prevent
and tackle the communal violence in the country and punish the perpetrators of
Ans. Prevention of Communal Violence Bill 2013
Q33. Who has won the IMET Open 2013 squash tournament held in the
Slovakian capital Bratislava on 16 December 2013?
Ans. Mahesh Mangaonkar
Q34. Who has been elected as the Chile President for a second time by a wide
margin on 15 December 2013?
Ans. Michelle Bachelet
Q35. Who was approved as Prime Minister by Somalian Parliament in December
Ans. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed
Q36. Name the country’s first telecommunication satellite launched by Bolivia on
20 December 2013?
Ans. Tupak Katari
Note: The satellite has been named upon an indigenous national hero, who
fought the 18th century Spanish colonial rule.
Q37. Cabinet approved free trade agreement between India and the ASEAN on
19 December 2013. Expand ASEAN?
Ans. Association of South East Asian Nations
Q38. Who has been appointed as the President of the Supreme Court Bar
Association (SCBA) for 2013-14 recently?
Ans. P.H. Parekh
Note: Bar Council of India is a statutory body that regulates and represents the
Indian bar. It was created by Parliament under the Advocates Act, 1961.
Q39. Who was appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of India
Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd (IIFCL)?
Ans. S.B. Nayar
Note: IIFCL is a state-owned firm that funds infrastructure projects.
Q40. Who has been appointed as the Secretary General of Apparel Export
Promotion Council (AEPC) in December 2013?
Ans. Puneet Kumar
Note: He is a Kerala cadre IAS officer.
Q41. Name the British businessman turned author who died on 19 December
2013 at the age of 67 in Northumberland?
Ans. Paul Torday
Q42. Which city was ranked top in public transport among Indian cities,
according to a study of the International Association of Public Transport (UTIP)
released on 16 December 2013?
Q43. Name the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court who has been
appointed as Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission
Ans. Darmar Murugensan
Q44. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 17 December 2013 unveiled
the first indigenously developed thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia testing kit.
Which Institute has developed the kit?
Ans. National Institute of Immuno Haematology (NIIH) in Mumbai
Q45. Who was awarded Itihas Ratna from Asiatic Society Bihar on 17 December
Ans. Bipan Chandra
Note: Bipan Chandra is the fourth historian to be honoured with the Itihas
Ratna by the society.
Q1. Arvind Kejriwal, the convener of the newly launched Aam Aadmi Party
sworn in as the ......th Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013 at a function
in Ramlila Maidan?
Note: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and
secrecy to Kejriwal. Apart from Kejriwal, six other MLAs namely Manish
Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Saurabh Bhrdwaj, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Kumar Jain
and Girish Soni also took oath as Cabinet Ministers.
Q2. Which High Court on 26 December 2013 banned the junk food items in
plastic packing and directed to implement the ban in the state from 26 January
Ans. Himachal Pradesh
Q3. Who was appointed as new head of NSG (National Security Guard) on 26
Note: He will take his charge from incumbent Arvind Ranjan. He had also served
in Intelligence Bureau. He is due to retire in May 2015.
Q4. Who was appointed the full time chief of the Central Industrial Security
Force (CISF) on 26 December 2013?
Ans. Arvind Ranjan
Note: Ranjan took over his charge from January. He will take his charge from
incumbent Director General Rajiv.
Q5. Who won her sixth consecutive title at the 34th National Archery
Championships at JRD Tata Stadium of PSPB, Jamshedpur on 25 December 2013?
Ans. Deepika Kumari
Note: Deepika by winning the sixth National title consecutively has set the
record of winning the most individual titles at the national meet. Earlier it was
Dola Banerjee who won five national titles.
Q6. Name the South African cricket all-rounder who will retire from test and first
class cricket after the second Test against India in Durban as announced by him
on 25 December 2013?
Ans. Jacques Kallis
Q7. Who took an additional charge of the Environment and Forests Ministry
after the exit of Jayanthi Natarajan on 24 December 2013?
Ans. M. Veerappa Moily
Q8. Name the inventor of the AK47 weapon who died at the age of 94 due to illhealth on 23 December 2013 in Izhevsk, Udmurtia province of Russian Republic?
Ans. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Q9. Who took the charge as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 21 December 2013?
Ans. Sidharth Birla
Note: He is the Chairman of Xpro India Limited. Sidharth Birla succeeded the
HSBC India Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai.
Q10. Who has been appointed the new Governor of Manipur on 23 December
Ans. Vinod Kumar Duggal
Note: He was the former Home Secretary
Q11. Who won the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the 78th Senior
National Badminton Championship in Siri Fort Sports Complex at New Delhi on
23 December 2013?
Ans. Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu
Q12. Which international airport in India was awarded the Sword of Honour for
safety management in London in the second week of December 2013?
Ans. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad
Q13. Which club defeated Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the finals of the third club
World Cup 2013 and became the new world champions?
Ans. Bayern Munich
Q14. First human artificial heart implantation performed in which country on 18
Q15. Name the person who developed a vaccine for the chicken pox virus who
died at the age of 85 due to heart failure on 23 December 2013 in Osaka, Japan?
Ans. Dr. Michiaki Takahashi
Note: Takahashi developed the vaccine for the chicken pox in 1972.
Q16. Who became the fourth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in Test Cricket
by claiming wicket of Jacques Kallis on 22 December 2013?
Ans. Zaheer Khan
Note: Other Indian bowlers to claim more than 300 wickets are Kapil Dev (434
wickets), Anil Kumble (619 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (413 wickets).
Q17. Name the safety application that enables friends and family of Windows
phone users to track them in real time introduced by Microsoft India on 26
December 2013 in Hyderabad?
Q18. Name the Veteran Bollywood actor who died on 28 December 2013 due to
heart attack in Dubai?
Ans. Farooq Sheikh
Note: He was best known for roles in films like Garam Hawa (1973), Shatranj Ke
Khiladi (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Baddoor (1981), Umrao Jaan (1981),
Bazaar (1982) and Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983). He won 2010 National Film Award
for best supporting actor in Lahore (a sports film).
Q19. Union Cabinet on 26 December 2013 approved the pension proposal for
43000 employees of which organization, who joined the public sector company
from the Department of Telecom (DoT)?
Ans. MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd)
Q20. Union Cabinet on 26 December 2013 approved the constitutional status to a
proposed which commission for appointment and transfer of judges to the
Ans. Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)
Q21. Ministry of civil aviation on 26 December 2013 appointed whom as new
Civil Aviation Secretary?
Ans. Ashok Lavasa
Note: He would take his new post on 1 January 2014.He will take charge from
Q22. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 26 December 2013
approved the proposal of which bank to increase its foreign investment from 49
percent to 62 percent?
Ans. Axis Bank
Q23. Government of India in a major step to allow more autonomy to CBI placed
the agency’s which wing under the command of the CBI Director, making his
word final in investigations on 25 December 2013?
Ans. Legal Wing
Q24. Name the saving bonds launched by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 23
Ans. Inflation Indexed Saving Bonds
Q25. Government of India puts a way ahead to launch Cash subsidy on .........
after the successful implementation of cash subsidy on LPG for BPL (below
poverty line) families?
Q26. Which bowler was declared on the No. 1 position in the latest ICC Test
rankings in bowling released on 24 December 2013?
Ans. Vernon Philander of South Africa
Q27. Which day was observed across India on 24 December 2013 with the
objective of providing better protection of consumer’s interest?
Ans. National Consumers Right Day
Q28. Who became the Indian Ambassador of US recently?
Ans. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Note: He is the successor of Nirupama Rao and his position in Beijing will be
taken by Ashok k. kantha.
Q29. Name the nuclear capable ballistic missile which was successfully test-fired
by India on 23 December 2013?
Q30. Name the England spinner who announced his retirement from
international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes Series on 22
Ans. Graeme Swann
Q31. Which day was observed across the country on 23 December 2013 to
celebrate the birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh?
Ans. Kisan Diwas
Note: Chaudhary Charan Singh (23 Dec 1902 - 29 May 1987) was the fifth Prime
Minister of India. He served as the Prime Minister from 28 July 1979 to 14
January 1980. Chaudhary Charan Singh holds the record of being the only Prime
Minister of India who did not face the Parliamentary floor for a single day after
assuming the office.
Q32. Who became the youngest person to reach the summit of Aconcagua, the
highest mountain of America on 27 December 2013?
Ans. Tyler Armstrong
Note: The nine year old boy of United States climbed the mountain in the
Argentine Andes with his father and Tibetan Sherpa, Lhawang Dhondup.
Q33. Which country on 28 December 2013 adopted a resolution that eases the one
child policy of the country?
Note: The resolution was passed by the standing committee of the National
People’s Congress (NPC). The resolution has allowed the couples of China to
have two children if either parents is an only child.
Q34. Union Government on 24 December 2013 launched which project to make
Q35. High Court asked Telugu actors Mohan Babu and actor Brahmanandam to
return the Padma Awards as the recipients carried the Padma Shri as prefix in
the title cards of the movie Denikina Ready violating which article of the Indian
Ans. Article 18(1)
Note: According to the article 18(1) of the constitution the award does not carry
any monetary grant and the award cannot be used as a prefix or suffix to the
Q36. Beverages and snacks major PepsiCo India planned to invest over 1200
crore rupees to build a new beverage manufacturing facility in Sri City of which
Ans. Andhra Pradesh
Q37. Name the veteran journalist and first editor of The Statesman who died on
22 December 2013 at the age of 92?
Ans. Pran Chopra
Q38. Name the renowned Kannada poet who died on 23 December 2013 in
Ans. Rashtrakavi G. S. Shivarudrappa
Q39. To combat Obesity and Diabetes, which country opened world’s first
Q40. Egypt’s ruling Government declared which group a terrorist group on 25
Ans. Muslim Brotherhood
Note: The decision came after government officials blamed the Brotherhood for a
suicide bombing at a police headquarters in north of Cairo that killed 16 people.
Founded in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in March 1928, the group spread to other
Muslim countries but has its largest, or one of its largest, organizations in
Q41. Group of Islamic Scholars in Kashmir issued a fatwa on 26 December 2013
that women, whose husbands are missing for the past ...... years, can remarry?
Q42. Centre for Economic and Business Research (CERB) study released in
December 2013 has predicted that which country will overtake Germany as
Europe’s largest economy by 2030?